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Al-Ashraf Primary School

Name Al-Ashraf Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 14 November 2017
Address Al-Ashraf Cultural Centre, Stratton Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 4HB
Phone Number 01452503533
Type Independent
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 222 (51% boys 49% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al-Ashraf Primary School is an independent Muslim day school for boys and girls aged from four to 11 years. It opened in 2006. The number of pupils has risen since the previous inspection. The school is registered for 180 pupils. Currently there are 180 boys and girls on roll. There is also a nursery base within the school. The school is operated by the Al-Madani Education Trust, a registered charity that provides educational help and local support in Gloucestershire. The trustees have delegated governance of the school to the governing body, which is chaired by one of the trustees. The headteacher is responsible for both the primary school and the nearby Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls. A deputy headteacher has day-to-day responsibility for the primary school. The school is located in the Al-Ashraf Cultural Centre, a three-storey building close to the centre of Gloucester. Most pupils are from Indian or Pakistani backgrounds, with smaller numbers from a range of different backgrounds. The school aims to deliver education in stimulating and challenging ways, and to create tolerant individuals who respect and appreciate others, their cultural background, feelings and views from an Islamic perspective. The school follows the early years foundation stage requirements for younger children and the English national curriculum for key stages 1 and 2, supplemented by daily Islamic education sessions. There are no pupils who have a statement of SEN or an education, health and care plan. The previous standard inspection was in June 2014. An emergency inspection was carried out in January 2015 when a number of standards were not met. At a progress monitoring inspection in November 2015, all standards were found to be met. All inspections have been carried out by Ofsted. The nursery was previously inspected separately. It received an outstanding judgement at the previous inspection in January 2015. Due to changes in registration arrangements, the nursery is now included as part of the primary school inspections.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The trust and governors have not ensured that the independent school standards are met in full. Leaders have an over-generous view of the school’s effectiveness. The trust has not ensured that there are sufficient leadership roles in place. As a result, leaders have not been able to maintain the quality of education seen previously. The leadership of safeguarding is inadequate. Systems to investigate, record and monitor concerns lack rigour. The trust does not ensure that health and safety checks are completed and does not rigorously analyse pupils’ attendance. The trust has not ensured that there is good leadership of the Reception class. The quality of teaching for these children is inadequate. Work is not consistently matched well to pupils’ needs, including in Islamic studies. Some of the most able pupils and pupils with low starting points do not make the progress they should. The trust has not ensured that staff have the resources and the effective professional development to help them to improve the quality of their work. As a result, the quality of teaching is too inconsistent. Assessment is underdeveloped at the school. Leaders do not check the accuracy of the assessments made. The school has the following strengths The curriculum is broad. Pupils have a strong understanding of different cultures and faiths. Pupils behave well for most lessons. They are polite and respectful to staff and to each other. This is not as strong during the Islamic lessons. Parents are extremely positive about the school and the education it provides. The nursery provides children with a strong start to their education. Teaching is of high quality and children make rapid progress. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.