Al Ashraaf Secondary School Closed

Name Al Ashraaf Secondary School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 04 July 2017
Address 102-105 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7RA
Phone Number 02072474371
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 43 (100% boys)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al Ashraaf Secondary School is a Muslim day school registered to provide full-time education for up to 60 boys aged 11 to 16. There are currently 34 pupils on roll. The school is part of the Al Falah Educational Trust, which is also responsible for one other independent school in Hackney, the Al-Falah Primary School. Since September 2016, only key stage 4 pupils have been educated at the school, following a decision by the proprietorial board. While all the pupils in attendance are Muslim, pupils of all faiths are welcome. The school accepts pupils from a wide range of nationalities and cultures and, while English is not the only language used at home, most pupils speak it fluently. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The school aims to prepare pupils to live by the Islamic code of life and participate fully in British society without compromising their faith. The school does not make use of any off-site training. The school was last inspected in July 2014, when it was judged to require improvement. The headteacher and assistant headteacher are leaving the school at the end of the summer term 2017. The school’s website does not meet the requirements of the independent school standards. Nevertheless, all the required policies are available from the school on request, although the safeguarding policy is not compliant with the latest guidance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The proprietor, leaders and governors have not ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The required safeguarding checks on the proprietor, governors and staff have not all been carried out. Safeguarding arrangements are ineffective. Leadership and management are inadequate and are not improving. There are no systems for holding teachers to account for the quality of education. The curriculum is not broad and balanced. It does not prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. Pupils are not given adequate opportunities to learn about people who have different beliefs, characteristics and cultures from their own. The careers advice they receive is not good enough to enable them to make informed choices about their future options. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are inadequate. Leaders have not carried out all the required risk assessments nor ensured that the premises are safe. Teaching, learning and assessment are inadequate. Staff do not question pupils effectively or give them helpful advice on improving their work. Teachers do not challenge pupils to achieve as well as they could. The standards of teachers’ own writing and presentation are not always high enough. Pupils’ attendance and progress, the quality of teaching and incidents of misbehaviour are not monitored effectively. The governance of the school is ineffective in holding leaders to account. The proprietor has not undertaken the required training, including that for the ‘Prevent’ duty and safer recruitment. Behaviour requires improvement because pupils are too reliant on adults to guide their learning. The school has the following strengths Senior leaders have a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in the teaching. Pupils are usually polite and compliant. They say they feel safe in school. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulation 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements. The details are listed in the main report.