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School Leadership Team


Farah Ahmed


Chair of Trustees and Director of Education and Research

Farah Ahmed is currently Director of Education and Research at Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation and Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has a B.A Honours in Philosophy, PGCE in Secondary English, MEd in Educational Research and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD is looking at the use of halaqah (Islamic dialogic circle-time) to develop autonomy in Muslim children. She is also leading a long-term action research project in Shakhsiyah Schools to develop halaqah as pedagogy and as curriculum.
Farah has over twenty years experience teaching in and leading Islamic schools in the UK and has developed courses for teachers on Islamic philosophies of education: pedagogy and practices. She is the author of ‘Principles of Shakhsiyah Education’ and the 2005 Halaqah Curriculum. She is a founding trustee of Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation and mother of three children.


Foziya Reddy


Trustee and Head Teacher, London

Foziya Reddy is a founding trustee of Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation and head teacher of Shakhsiyah School London Branch with over twenty years experience in education. She has a BA honours and PGCE in Primary Education. She is currently working towards the NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship). Foziya’s passion for Islamic and ‘alternative’ education stems from her deep commitment to the Islamic concept of motherhood. As a committed home-schooler who has home-schooled six of her eight children through secondary she has the vision and expertise to ensure that ‘Shakhsiyah Education’ remains child centred and holistic. Three of her children are hafidh ul Qur’an and she has a sustained focus on developing Qur’an centric teaching.


Nadia Ameen


Trustee and Arabic Head Teacher

Nadia Ameen is a founding trustee of Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation and head of Arabic at Shakhsiyah Schools. She has led the development of the unique Shakhsiyah Arabic Curriculum and trains and leads our team of Arabic teachers. Nadia has a BA in linguistics and over fifteen years of experience in education.


Tahreem Sabir


Head Teacher, Slough

Tahreem Sabir is head teacher of Shakhsiyah School, Slough branch having joined the school shortly after it inception as a class teacher. Prior to this, Tahreem founded and was the Principal of the International Islamic Grammar School in Islamabad, Pakistan which she set up to provide holistic education in an Islamic environment for her five children. She has seventeen years experience in education including extensive expertise in training and mentoring teachers. Tahreem has a Masters in Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education, University College of London, in which she investigated ‘school ethos’ in Muslim schools. Tahreem’s area of expertise is creative curriculum and she been leading the development of the ‘Shakhsiyah Creative Curriculum’ for many years. Tahreem’s areas of interest also include exploring children’s literature and carrying out Action Research as a method of both curriculum and teacher development.


Sajeada Ahmed


Head of Early Years

Sajeada Ahmed is head of Early Years at Shakhsiyah School, Slough branch. As an original home-schooling mother of five children she helped lay the foundations of the school’s unique ethos and approach particularly in the Early Years. Sajeada has a passion for Early Years as the foundational time for developing a child’s personality and outlook on life. She has fifteen years experience in education and in training and mentoring Early Years teachers. She has a foundation degree in Early Years and is continuing with her studies with a focus on personalised learning for children and character education.




London and Slough:

  • Autumn Term: Monday 11th September 2017 to Thursday 14th December 2017
  • Half Term Holidays: Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017
  • Parents' Open Day: Friday 15th December 2017

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