Afifah School

Name Afifah School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 March 2017
Address 86 Clifton Street, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 9GN
Phone Number 01618721516
Type Independent
Age Range 2-16
Religious Character Muslim
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 197 (26% boys 74% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Afifah School is an independent day school. It caters for pupils aged two to 16 years. There are mixed-gender classes in the early years and primary phase, but girls only in the secondary phase. The school was registered in 2001. It is situated near Manchester city centre in a residential area of Old Trafford. It is a school with an Islamic religious character. The school’s aim is to develop ‘every student’s mind, body and soul, by promoting academic progress and nurturing their intellectual, physical, spiritual and social potential for the benefit of the wider community.’ The school does not use alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher leads the school in a calm, focused way. He strikes the right balance between his strategic leadership role and the day-to-day running of the school. He has ensured that the school is compliant with all of the independent school standards. Leaders are continually looking for ways to improve in their desire to provide the highest-quality education for their pupils. To this end, they are very outward-looking, working with a range of external agencies and the local authority. Despite the school’s small size and limited resources, leaders ensure that pupils have access to a broad curriculum. The personal development and welfare of its pupils is at the heart of the school’s ethos and culture. Pupils leave Year 11 very well prepared to take an active part in modern British society. Children who attend the pre-school benefit from high-quality provision as a result of strong leadership. Most pupils benefit from good teaching that enables them to learn successfully. Opportunities for leaders to raise the quality of teaching further across the school are limited as there is no ongoing professional development programme for staff. Throughout their time in school, pupils make good progress and attain standards that are at least in line with national averages. Leaders do not monitor effectively enough the progress of the small number of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This means that targeted support for these pupils is not as effective as it should be. The actions that leaders have taken to improve attendance have had some impact. However, too many pupils are still not attending school regularly, particularly in the primary phase. Pupils are routinely respectful, polite and helpful to their peers and adults. 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 the associated requirements.