John Bagust achieved his B.Ed. (Hons) from Lancaster University, UK, with a specialism in primary school education. He has been leading and teaching in quality schools for over 30 years, in locations including the UK, Kuwait, Malaysia, Syria, Oman, Czech Republic and Egypt.
John is an experienced leader and has held the positions of Head of School and Principal since 2002. He has extensive experience in improving and leading schools through British School Overseas (BSO) inspections as well as CIS and IB accreditation.
In his tenure as Head of Primary at Prague British International School from 2006-2018, John led the school from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ and grew the student population from 500 to over 1,200.
In 2018, John took up the position of Principal of The New Cairo British International School, Egypt, an IB World School of 700 students aged three to 18. It is also a CIS and BSO-accredited school and a COBIS training Centre for the Middle East, and the school was also crowned International School of the Year 2020 for its pastoral initiative.
John is a trained Independent Schools Team Inspector and has travelled to schools around the world to assess if they meet the necessary standards for British Schools Overseas Accreditation. He has been an elected member of the COBIS Board for 10 years and chaired the student events committee for many years, founding the COBIS Games in 2012.
While working full-time, John acquired an MA in Applied Leadership and Management from the University of London and gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
John is a great believer in building excellent teams and working together with the community to bring out the very best in everyone. He aims to ensure that RDS is the best school in the region and a school where people want to be.