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Dr Terry Creissen

Executive Principal

Executive Principal

I have 24 years’ experience as a Principal having previously spent 14 years as Executive Principal in the UK, over 5 years at The British International School, Shanghai, China and 2 years at our sister school in Warsaw, Poland.  In August 2014, I joined Compass International School Doha as Principal of Madinat Khalifa Campus and in January 2016 was appointed to Executive Principal of the three campuses - Madinat Khalifa, Rayyan and Gharaffa.

As an educator, I have worked as a teacher and School Leader for 37 years. Prior to joining Nord Anglia Education in April 2007, I taught in the UK in the counties of Cornwall, Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Essex, concluding my UK work as Principal of a school in North East Essex. Between 1994 and 1997, I was a Board Member of the Teacher Training Agency for Schools and Chair of the CPD Committee. A former OfSted Inspector, I have been a consultant for the UK Government Innovation Unit and was appointed as an e-learning consultant for the British Educational and Communications Technology Association (BECTA).  My work has involved me in training senior leaders and supporting school Principals in the UK and internationally.  It has been a great honour to support fellow educators and school leaders in order to improve the educational opportunities that we provide for young children across the world.

In addition to my work in schools, I have been the Chair of the Schools Forum within the County of Essex and the Headteacher representative with the UK National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). Having qualified as a trainer and Consultant Leader for the National College of School Leadership in England, I have supported, trained and mentored school leaders and been advisor to a number of School Boards in the UK.

In addition to my first degree and post-graduate teaching qualification from the University of Sussex, I have a Masters Degree in Education (MA) and MBA (Masters in Business and Administration) from Leeds, UK.  I have a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management awarded by the Open University in the UK. I was honoured with the title of OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in June 1997 for "services to education".

I am a keen musician and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (FRSA).


Our focus on high academic standards encourages children to work outside of their Comfort Zone and into their Performance Zone.  This helps them to push and stretch themselves to be better learners, leading them to higher attainment in a broad range of areas within and outside of the classroom.