Mr Karim Murcia


Karim Murcia is a highly experienced and driven school leader. Karim was the founding Principal of Eden Girls’ School, Slough, which he led from its opening in 2015. Under his leadership the school was judged as outstanding by Ofsted in May 2018. In their report, inspectors praised the school’s ‘vibrant and inspiring learning community’ built upon ‘strong relationships with pupils and families.’ The report also recognises the exceptional achievement of pupils who ‘attain highly and make extremely strong progress.’

After graduating from University College London with a First Class Degree in French and Arabic, Karim began his teaching career in an outstanding school in the North of London. He gained his Masters Degree in Teaching from the Institute of Education and continued his career as Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Senior Leader before becoming Deputy Principal of the newly opened Oasis Academy Enfield in London. Here, Karim was responsible for developing the school’s innovative academic curriculum and opening its highly successful sixth form. During this time, the school was judged as good with outstanding features by Ofsted and secured consistently high standards in its GCSE and A Level results.

Throughout his career, Karim has gained significant experience of primary school leadership through his close collaboration with the outstanding primary schools from the Trust in which he worked from 2015 and as the Chair of Governors of a school in Hertfordshire between 2006 and 2010. He has also delivered nationally accredited leadership training programmes on behalf of the Institute of Education and STAR Academies for senior leaders and Principals across both primary and secondary phases. This has involved working with a wide range of leaders focused on the varied needs of children and young people of all ages.

Karim is very proud to have been appointed as Principal/CEO of the National School  Al Barsha and is looking forward to building on the excellent foundations already in place at the school in this next exciting phase of the school’s development. His vision is of a safe and happy learning environment where students are empowered to achieve excellent outcomes as they thrive and develop as leaders