|Name||Abu Bakr Girls School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||16 January 2018|
|Address||154-160 Wednesbury Road, Palfrey, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4JJ|
|Number of Pupils||440 (19% boys 81% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
Abu Bakr Girls’ School is an independent all-through school that caters for boys and girls up to the age of 11 and for girls up to the age of 16. The school is part of the Abu Bakr Trust. The proprietor is also the chair of the governing board. The school’s vision is to lay the foundations for the building of an Islamic personality, providing its pupils with the highest standard of education. The school is registered for 909 pupils and currently has 460 pupils on roll. All pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. Few pupils have SEN and/or disabilities. No pupils have an education, health and care plan. No pupils are disadvantaged. No pupils are in the care of the local authority. The school does not use any alternative provision The school’s last full inspection was carried out by the Bridge Schools Inspectorate in March 2011. The school was judged to be good. Ofsted carried out an emergency inspection of the school in September 2016 at the request of the Department for Education. All standards checked at the emergency inspection were found to be met.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The school prepares pupils exceptionally well for the experiences, opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of adult life. Pupils are confident, thoughtful, respectful and hard working. Their behaviour is impeccable. This is the result of the extremely well planned and skilfully delivered programme of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils are full of praise for the care and support they receive from teachers. Teachers are highly committed to ensuring that pupils succeed. Teachers are knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. They guide pupils skilfully to acquire secure knowledge, skills and understanding. This leads to the high standards that many pupils achieve. Leaders provide high-quality training and support for teachers. This ensures that less-experienced staff quickly gain the skills they need to become effective teachers. Leaders understand the requirements of the independent school standards and ensure that these are met in full. Pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects. Most achieve well for their ages. This is because leaders and teachers keep a close check on pupils’ attainment and put in place effective support for anyone who begins to fall behind. However, some of the most able pupils do not achieve as well as they might. This is because : teachers and leaders are less attuned to the needs of pupils who grasp learning quickly or whose work could be of even higher quality. Children get off to a good start in the Reception classes. They make swift progress in acquiring the skills they need to prepare them for more formal schooling. By the time they leave the primary school, pupils are well prepared for the demands of the secondary curriculum. Governors hold leaders to account for the quality of pupils’ outcomes. The proprietor seeks external expertise and challenge to ensure that he has an accurate view of the school’s effectiveness. This process has recently shown governors that the most able pupils do not make as much progress as they could. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.