Our Staff

Principal - Mr Alim Shaikh (MA, PGCE, MPhil, NPQH)

After gaining an MA in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, I undertook a PGCE in English and Computing from Jordanhill College, the University of Strathclyde, qualifying as an English teacher in 1996. Subsequently, I attained my Masters degree in Applied Language Studies in Education at Kings College, University of London whilst helping to develop one of the first Islamic boys schools in the UK, Brondesbury College for Boys. Later, during my tenure as a School Improvement Consultant for a West London local authority, I commenced postgraduate studies as a Doctoral student at Kings' investigating children's multimodality and semiotics: I published papers and articles for leading journals, The Journal of Language & Education; museums, the National Museum of Media and; government agencies including QCA and BECTa. My consultancy and advisory roles for various local authorities across the UK led me to pursue further postgraduate studies in Leadership, Development and Consultancy at the Institute of Education, UCL and, eventually to pursue the NPQH headship qualification also at the Institute of Education.
I joined Barnet Hill Academy under its previous guise, as a community school, in Autumn, 2017. Presently, I lead the Academy in the capacity of Principal, leading the school through a transformation programme for students from 3 through to 16, with the aim of building upon it's successful 'Good' OfSTED rating in July, 2018 - inshaAllah.

Senior Leadership Team

Shuayb PiprawalaAssistant Headteacher

Head of Islamic Studies & Pastoral Lead
I graduated from one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in the UK; the Institute of Islamic Education, where I studied Islamic sciences, upon graduating I embarked on a year-long tour, where I engaged extensively in da'wah work with a wide range of communities. I've been the Imām at Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre since January 2009. At BHA I helped lay the foundations of a reflective pastoral structure, where pupils are encouraged to reflect on character and take responsibility for their actions and I continue to lead on this in my revised capacity as Assistant Headteacher.
Samira SaddiqueAssistant Headteacher

Curriculum Leader & Year 3 Teacher
I qualified with a PGCE, after gaining my Masters in Chemistry, and commenced my teaching career as a Primary school teacher in Barnet, I enjoy teaching and have a specialism in Literacy and Science and it gives me great joy to see my students develop as they grow from young people into young adults! In January, 2020 I was appointed as Assistant Headteacher at Barnet Hill Academy and I am thrilled to be leading a revised curriculum strategy in this role...

EYFS Practitioners

NameRoleAbout Me
Ms Moni Early Years PractitionerMy Early Years Level 3 qualification and vast experience has greatly assisted my ability to make a difference in the learning environment. As an EY Practitioner and governor of BHA, working with young children over the course of three years has enabled me to better understand children's needs and make a positive impact upon their learning.
Ms Salima
Early Years Practitioner
I have a BA (Hons) in Education and have been working with children and young people for over 20 years. During this time, I have learned that every child is unique and has an individual character. Working with children is my passion and  it gives me great satisfaction.
Ms Asmaa
Early Years PractitionerI am a qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner, with five years experience in Early Years settings. I am passionate about working with young children and enjoy seeing them grow in their skills and confidence.
Ms Summer Early Years PractitionerI qualified as an Early Years Level 2 Practitioner, which greatly contributed to my understanding of how to support a child from their early years in childhood. Since I have been working with children, I have further developed my knowledge of child development and improved my ability to plan and deliver educational activities.
Ms Rehana
Early Years PractitionerI am a qualified Early Years Level 2 Practitioner, with some eight years experience in Good Early Years settings, my specialism is with activity led play with younger students. I enjoy the creativity and hands-on learning with my students the most and take real pleasure in watching them grow and learn.

Primary Teachers

NameRoleAbout Me
Mr HamidYear 1 TeacherI gained my Primary Education PGCE  in 2020 and have trained as a primary teacher in key stage 1 and 2. Prior to this I have engaged in various teaching and learning settings, education being my passion, I am also a qualified FA football coach and have supported children's football amongst supporting other social and educational classes for young people.
Ms AsmauYear 2 TeacherI am a qualified, NQT teacher. I qualified with a PGCE in primary education, after gaining my degree in Learning and Teaching. I have been in education for almost twenty years. I have taught both KS1 and KS2 children. I cater for children’s physical, education, social and emotional needs by providing a warm caring environment. I have passion for teaching and set high expectations for children to help them reach their potential. I am excited to progress my teaching career at Barnet Hill Academy.
Ms Samira
Year 3 Teacher & Curriculum Leader
I qualified with a PGCE, after gaining my Masters in Chemistry, and commenced my teaching career as a Primary school teacher in Barnet, I enjoy teaching and have a specialism in Literacy and Science and it gives me great joy to see my students develop as they grow from young people into young adults!
Ms AmnaYear 4 Teacher & School Council LeadI have undertaken many teacher training opportunities including an Award in Teaching and Education. Working with children is my passion and it gives me great satisfaction. Along with teaching my passion is doing creative work with children, and I lead on Art Week and the annual Master Chef Cooking Competition at the Academy.
Ms BhairaviYear 5 TeacherI am currently gaining my QTS at BHA and hold a Master’s degree in Commerce. I have more than 12 years of experience in teaching across a wide range of primary schools. In addition to my QTS at present, I have undertaken various teacher training opportunities including Award in Education and Training and Working with SEN/EAL pupils in the classroom.
Ms UzmaYear 6 Teacher & Science LeadI graduated with a BSc in Medical Sciences from Kings College, London and went on to do my PGCE in Secondary Sciences from the Institute of Education, London and also hold a Diploma in Arabic from SOAS, London.  Since joining BHA some three years ago, I have been team-teaching the Year 6 class and I have two children also attending the school.
Ms Sarah
Year 6 Teacher & Head of Safeguarding I hold a BA Honours in English Literature and Arabic from the University of Westminster and a Masters in Comparative Literatures from Goldsmiths College. I believe in enhancing pupil perspectives via an understanding of theory; with an emphasis on literary discourse emanating from BAME diaspora communities.I believe pupils must aspire for excellence, seeking to develop a dynamic contemporary identity rooted in knowledge and insight.

Islamic Studies Teachers

Ms Mariam
KS1 Islamic Studies TeacherI have a background in teaching Islamic Studies across a number of institutions; with a particular enthusiasm for encouraging a discourse fusing contemporary issues with traditional Islamic ideals. At BHA I teach a range of Islamic teachings through themes.
Shaykh Ibrahim
KS2 Islamic Studies TeacherI hold a BA in Islamic Jurisprudence and Arabic Literature from the Institute of Islamic Education, I have also gained a Level 3 in Teaching & Learning. I am one of the Imams at Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre and hold the role of the Deputy Head of Hifdh (memorisation) class. I spend my free hours in combining Freestyle Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Art with Graphic Design.

Arabic Teachers

Ms SummerYr 1/Yr 2 Arabic TeacherI am a native Arabic speaker from United Arab Emirates. I have many years of experience teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. I studied in Abu-Dhabi and graduated with A- levels in various subjects, including Arabic language. I have taught students both modern and classical Arabic in Brent for over 10 years.
Ms RawshanYr 3/Yr 4 Arabic TeacherI am a native Arabic speaker with many years of experience in the Arabic domain. Having completed a Bachelor of Law in Arabic equipped me with an outstanding proficiency in writing and speaking in the Arabic language and literature. I have developed a wide range of techniques to help students to maximise their learning in my engaging lessons.
Shaykh ShuaybYr 5/Yr 6 Arabic TeacherI hold a BA in Arabic literature with a focus on the language of Quran and the traditions of the Prophet (s.a.w). I have experience in teaching Arabic to primary school pupils for a number of years.

P.E. Coach

Coach Abdul Rahman
P.E. Coach
I have over 20 years of coaching experiences ranging from KS1 up to adults, I am very passionate about helping students participate in sports to work towards achieving their full potential. Setting high standards and work ethic throughout my sessions has always produced positive outcomes and I believe I have a unique coaching style that is very relevant to students of today.

Teaching Assistants

Name RoleAbout Me
Ms RawshanTeaching AssistantI attained a CACHE L3 Diploma for children and young people, I also successfully completed a Level 3 Teaching Assistant course. Whilst working in school's I gained crucial knowledge on child development allowing me to obtain a unique ability of seeing where students required support. In addition, I have a degree in Law which I studied in Arabic and consequently, I mastered the Arabic Language and Literature at degree level.  
Ms YasmeenTeaching AssistantI have successfully attained level 4 HLTA qualification whilst working in school. It has enabled me to improve my skills in teaching classes unsupervised in key stage 1 and 2. In completing this course, it has been rewarding as I have been able to constructively apply my skills and understanding in strengthening my level of expertise. Additionally, I support the class teacher by giving tracked spelling assessments and providing topic lesson plans to aid in the development and well-being of the children.

Furthermore, I hold a degree in Psychology and Arabic; CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist support for Teaching and Learning in schools. My main goal is to ensure children are encouraged to achieve their full potential and to make a real difference to the young learners I work with.