The School’s History

Educating since 2005

Early 2005 – The school began with the pioneering vision of a few local parents and long-term Sharm residents, Mr. Bruno Jarach, Ms. Elena Callegari and Mr. Chad Clark. Mr. Gerard Flynn and Mrs. Barbara Flynn, of Maadi British International School in Cairo, provided invaluable guidance as Educational Consultants.

September 2005 – Sharm British School (SBS) opened its doors in Coral Bay resort to 34 students in two classes; Early Years, taught by Sharleen Maddox and Foundation Two, taught by Nicholas Rowe.

SBS grew by one class each year, increasing the number of students on roll and staff employed; at the same time the school’s reputation grew along with its community.

September 2008 – The Sharm el Sheikh Cultural Society was established as an NGO (Non Government Organisation) and assumed responsibility for governing the school

January to August 2010 – As student numbers increased, a move out of the original location and into larger accommodation became necessary and a new school was constructed.

June 2010 – After giving 5 years of loyal service to SBS, head teachers Sharleen Maddox and Nicholas Rowe, who had successfully developed the school from Early Years through to Year 5, left the school to return to their home in New Zealand.

September 2010 – SBS moved to the new location, headed by Mr Robert Graves.

September 2011 – Mr Graves left the school and the school was forced to operate without a headteacher for two terms.

April 2012 – Mr Brian Chittick, a UK headteacher with over 30 years of teaching and managerial experience, was appointed as the new school headmaster.

August 2012 – The board of directors applied for accreditation to the Egyptian Ministry of Education, to enable the school to open its doors to Egyptian students while still teaching the full English curriculum.

September 2012 – The school’s name was changed to Sharm International British School, following the decision to apply for Egyptian accreditation.

September 2014 – The school was modified during the summer break and passed building inspection by the Ministry of Education, under the direction of a new head teacher, Mrs Karen McNeely.

February 2016 – We are delighted to welcome back Mr. Brian Chittick as head of the school, following the resignation of Mrs McNeely.

May 2016 – The school received affirmation for our accreditation from the British Council and received the approval to become a Cambridge Associate School, offering Cambridge Primary and Secondary 1 curriculum (up to Year 8).

September 2016 – the final acceptance was received by the Egyptian Ministry of Education; we are now officially licensed to teach the Arabic curriculum to Egyptian students.