Meet the Staff

Mr Phil Watson

Junior School Nursery Teacher

Phil Watson joined the BSP in January 2016 as a teacher in Year One. He came from a small rural state First School in the North East of England where he spent 8 years as a teacher in Key Stage One and Two. Phil used his expertise in ICT, Eco Schools and Sports to coordinate these subjects across the school for all ages. He specialised in Early Years Education at the University of Northumbria and also spent time studying Primary Education in multi-Cultural schools in Malmo, Sweden. He is currently the Nursery Class Teacher at the BSP. 

Mrs Valerie Joynes 




Valerie Joynes left her role of HM Inspector of Taxes in 1980 to move to Alsace before spending over three years in the USA. On her return to France she joined the BSP in 1991. Valerie has held various roles in the BSP before taking on the role of Registrar in 2000.

Mr Brendan McCann

Head of Pastoral care


Brendan McCann  arrived at the school in September 2006 from the Farnborough Sixth Form College. Initially recruited into the Physical Education department Brendan arrived with particular expertise in rugby and rowing having competed in both at a high level in his native South Africa. In 2009 he was promoted to the Head of Extra Curricular Activities and charged with expanding participation and provision of activities in the Senior School. With a particular interest in the transient nature of our student population, in 2010 Brendan began a Masters in International Education at the University of Bath focusing on Intercultural Sensitivity. In 2012 Brendan was promoted to his current position as Head of Pastoral Care. He is still very much involved in the extra and co curricular activities at the school with involvement in coaching rugby, cross-country and working with students in the Fitness Centre. Brendan is a member of the BSPS, the School’s parents’ association and outside of School he is the head coach of the British Rugby Club of Paris.

Dr Julia Batters

Head of Senior School


Dr Julia Batters joined the BSP as Languages Head of Department in Sept 1991. She was promoted to Deputy Head – Academic in 2000 and assumed her current position  in April 2013. Prior to the BSP she worked as a French and Spanish teacher in Chippenham, and as a Languages Head of Department in Putney, London.

Following her degree in European Studies from the University of Bath she stayed at Bath to do a PGCE and later, to complete a PhD in ‘Pupil Perceptions in Foreign Language Learning’. Julia has two daughters, both girls attended the BSP.

Mrs Rachel Miot

Head of English as an Additional Language and Intensive English


Rachel joined the BSP in January 2015 as the Head of the English as an Additional Language and Intensive English department at the Senior School. She studied French, German and Spanish at the University of Nottingham before gaining her PGCE in Secondary Languages teaching from the University of Manchester. Following a gap from teaching, Rachel relocated to Paris in 2011 to pursue a Masters Degree in Paris Studies (history and culture) at the University of London Institute in Paris. At the end of her Masters year she decided to make Paris her permanent home and began teaching English to French children from the age of 12 months up to teenagers. During this time she became the Pedagogy Team Leader but it was her love of teaching secondary-age children and a desire to return to the British education system that led to her applying for her role at the BSP.

Miss Jenny King

Head of Curricular physical education

Jenny King joined the BSP in 2012 as a member of the PE Department and has held the position of Head of Curricular PE since 2013. Alongside this, she has been a form tutor across both KS3 and 4 since joining the school. Prior to moving to France, Jenny taught at two schools in the North of England and ran many sports teams. Moving to the BSP allowed her to develop girls' football at the school; today the senior girls successfully compete in the Div.3 ISST held every year at the end of the season. Jenny also competes in football and cricket, playing for local club U.S Croissy and representing Thoiry C.C and the French National Team respectively.

Mrs Cécile Falfus

Human Resources Manager

Cécile Falfus joined the BSP in May 2014. Following graduation from the Université de Savoie where she studied History, Cécile’s career path started in London as a Curator’s assistant at Delfina Studio Trust – an art gallery and international residency (1995 – 1997). Upon her return to France, she decided to focus on Communications (events, PR and editorial) and was appointed Head of Communication for the French national Scouts and Guides association from 2002 to 2007. But Human Resources has always been central to her professional philosophy and shaped the way she has sought to manage people. Cécile strongly believes that human capital is the main asset of any professional organisation. Therefore in 2008 she embarked on a Masters degree at Université Paris Descartes to refocus her career on HR operational tasks. Cécile has been HR Manager for a video games studio based in Paris but was delighted to return to a British environment and to share her expertise with the staff at the BSP when she was appointed in 2014.

Mr Nicholas Hammond



Nick Hammond grew up in Norwich in the East of England and took History, Geography and Classics at A level. While at school he was actively involved in acting and sport.  He spent a year in Minnesota as a Rotary Exchange student and then went on to study archaeology at the University of Cambridge. During his time at Cambridge he represented his college at rugby, rowing and cricket, and was Secretary of the college Wine Society.

After leaving university Nick worked as an archaeologist for a year and then decided to swap a muddy, wet trench for a rather warmer classroom. He achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Oxford, where he rowed for his college. His first teaching post took him to Edinburgh, where he taught history at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College. While there, he ran their rowing programme and coached rugby football. A brief stay at Rannoch School in the Highlands was followed by a return to Eastern England, where he was Head of History, Director of Rowing and Deputy Director of Sixth Form at The King’s School, Ely. From there he moved to Bristol Grammar School to be head of Sixth Form and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team. Prior to his Headship of The British School of Paris, Nick was Headmaster of Wisbech Grammar School in Cambridgeshire for six years.

Nick is a devotee of all aspects of cycle sport and has successfully cycled up the formidable Mont Ventoux, one of the most gruelling climbs in the Tour de France, no less than three times. Nick is an enthusiastic reader of modern travel writing, crime fiction and modern literary fiction. He also enjoys many aspects of the visual arts, particularly the works and careers of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh.

Nick is married to Nathalie and their two sons attend the School.

Mr Ludovic Plazanet

Director of Finance and Administrative Services

Ludovic Plazanet, a qualified Chartered Accountant, joined the School in February 1990, firstly as assistant to the Bursar, then as the Administrative Officer and currently as the Director of Financial and Administrative Services. In this role he is responsible for the School’s finances and is instrumental in the continuing long-term development of the School. In 2007 Ludovic was asked to become the project manager for the building of the new Junior School which opened in September 2010.

Mr Keith Pearey

Deputy Headmaster


Keith Pearey has spent nearly a quarter of a century at the School, more than a third of its operational history, before which he had teaching jobs in the UK and Jordan. During his time at the School, Keith has fulfilled many roles, from the setting up of a Technology Department when he arrived, to pioneering the implementation  of iPads as a teaching and learning resource. For twelve years Keith was responsible for pastoral care throughout the Senior School and in his career has been a seasoned football coach, expedition leader and taken BSP teams to compete at International School Sports Tournaments. He has for many years been an active part of the wider school community as a Committee member of the British School of Paris Society and can often be seen at the touchline or in the wings supporting the School’s strong extra-curricular programme. Keith’s wife Sue headed up the Junior School in Croissy before the new Junior School was opened and where, since 2010, she has been Deputy Head (Key Stage 2). Their two children were both at the School.

Mrs Susan Pearey

Junior School Deputy Head (KS2)


Sue Pearey started teaching at the British School of Paris over 25 years ago and is currently Deputy Head of the Junior School.  Sue began her teaching career in England, teaching German at a secondary school in Kent. Following a move to Jordan with husband Keith  (Deputy Headmaster) Sue moved into primary teaching and has remained there ever since.

Mr Paul Abdou

Teacher of Mathematics


Paul Abdou joined the BSP in 2016 as a teacher of both Mathematics and Sport. Paul studied Philosophy at University College London and then spent a year with Tottenham Hotspur coaching in the development centre and leading media training with academy prospects. In 2011 Paul trained to become a teacher, going on to complete a Masters in Leadership in Education. Paul taught at an academy in London for five years where he spent three years as Head of 6th Form before joining us at the British School, realising a long-term ambition to return to the city of his birth, Paris.

Mr Roger Baugh

Junior School Deputy Head (KS1)

Roger Baugh  joined the BSP in 1989, and has held the post of Deputy Head of the Junior School since 1999, although in 2008, he benefited from a sabbatical and spent a year teaching at the British School of Guangzhou in China. Roger studied Physics at Sheffield University before deciding to become a primary teacher. He  taught in three state primary schools in different parts of England, spending five years as Deputy Head of a school in Scunthorpe before finally moving to France and The British School of Paris.

Mrs Tracy Douvry

P.A. to the Head of the Senior School & School Administrator

Tracy Douvry began her career in show business at two of the most famous cabaret venues in Paris, the Lido and the Moulin Rouge. This glamourous career gave her the opportunity to travel the world working in places such as Canada and India. In her free time from the stage, Tracy also appeared on TV and did some modelling work. Tracy is married to a Frenchman and has one daughter. She returned to work as part of the administration staff at a medical research institute when her daughter was 8 years old before joining the BSP in 2012. Tracy joined the School as the Receptionist before moving to the Senior School Office to become PA toDr Julia Batters and Senior School Administrator. Tracy is a fitness fanatic in her spare time and enjoys helping French children to learn English in her town.

Mr David Chorley

Head of Mathematics


David Chorley joined the BSP in January 2015 as Head of Mathematics. David studied Physics at Imperial College and initially worked in Oil Exploration and Civil Engineering, including three years on the construction of the Channel Tunnel, before re-training as a Maths teacher. He taught in three  schools in  England, spending seven years as Head of Mathematics at Aldenham School before finally moving to France and The British School of Paris.

Ms Tess McCoy

History and Politics Teacher 

Tess McCoy graduated with a BA Hons degree from the University of York, and an MA and PGCE from the University of Sussex. She began her teaching career at a sixth form college in Sussex and joined the BSP in 2003. She teaches History and Politics and loves to engage with people on anything political. As a trained Professional Development leader, Tess is passionate about student and staff development and well-being. Her mantra is ‘there is so much history to be made’.

Mr Oliver Porter

Design and Technology Teacher

Oliver Porter was born and raised in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk although he is half Australian. Having studied Product Design at Brunel University he then went on to do his PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge and taught for six years in the UK before moving to Paris. Interests include Technology (obviously!), motorbikes, snowboarding, rugby, making and fixing things and cooking.

Mr Robert Morrison

Head of Geography

Robert Morrison joined the BSP in 2016 as Head of Geography. Robert taught in London where he was Head of the Geography and Business departments at a London Academy. He was born in Rome and went to an international primary school. He started teaching in 2010 with a PGCE from Middlesex University (London). Before this he studied Geoscience at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) and went on to complete a Masters in European Business degree at ESCP Europe (London and Turin). He worked in business in Ghana, Kenya, UK and France, most notably as Supply Chain Manager at the Olympic Delivery Authority building the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

BSP Geography students require detailed knowledge of Geographical case studies, such as the Akosombo Dam (Ghana), flower farming and water scarcity in Lake Naivasha (Kenya), and urban regeneration, tourism and venue-building for the London 2012 Olympics. These Geographical issues in which he has first hand, mainly business, experience are included in his teaching which helps students to apply Geography to their future careers.

Mrs Samantha Busigny

Junior School Classroom Teacher 

Samantha Busigny began her teaching career as a maths coordinator in Bournemouth, where she met her French husband. Following two years as a Year 4 teacher at The British International School of Jakarta, she worked in different schools in London. She moved to France in 1999 and taught at a bilingual school until her twin daughters were born. She joined the BSP in 2007 and has been the Achievement and Progress Leader for Years 3 and 4 since 2012.