|Name||Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||14 November 2017|
|Address||Sinope Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 4AW|
|Number of Pupils||79 (100% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls is an independent Muslim day school for girls aged 11 to 16. The number of pupils has risen year on year. The school is operated by the Al-Madani Educational Trust, a registered charity that provides educational help and local support in Gloucestershire. The trustees have delegated governance of the school to a governing body which is chaired by one of the trustees. The headteacher is responsible for both the secondary school and the nearby Al-Ashraf Primary School. The school is based in a Victorian school building near to the centre of Gloucester. Pupils mainly travel from the surrounding areas, although a few travel long distances to attend the school. Most pupils are from Indian, Bengali or Pakistani backgrounds. The school aims to provide high-quality secular and Islamic education, which is broad, balanced and applicable within the requirements of the national curriculum. There is a particular emphasis on developing the ‘whole’ personality of pupils based on commitment to their faith and to British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The school does not use any other alternative providers and there is no off-site provision. The school has no pupils on a part-time basis. No pupils who currently attend the school have either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs. The previous standard inspection was in March 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.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement Outcomes, particularly in key stage 4, have declined in some subjects in recent years. Leaders have been slow to halt the decline. The quality of teaching and learning is inconsistent between subjects. Leaders do not identify the training or support teachers need through their appraisal systems to ensure that pupils make good progress and achieve well. Leaders and governors are overly generous in their view of the school’s performance. They have not ensured that the quality of teaching and learning is consistently good enough. The school’s assessment system is underdeveloped, particularly in key stage 4 and some subjects in key stage 3. Teachers do not adapt their teaching to challenge the most able pupils sufficiently or give pupils the support they need when they do not understand. Teachers’ expectations for what the most able pupils can achieve are not always high enough. Teachers often concentrate on the breadth of knowledge they expect pupils to learn. This can be at the expense of developing pupils’ deeper understanding. Leaders have broadened the curriculum, especially in key stage 3, since the previous standard inspection. However, this improvement has not been seen at key stage 4. The school’s target-setting system is not supporting pupils effectively to reach the standards they are capable of. The school has the following strengths Leaders have sought out opportunities to broaden pupils’ understanding of the world. They support pupils to challenge stereotypes and prepare them well for life in modern Britain. Leaders ensure that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development needs are met effectively. Their understanding of a wide range of faiths and other cultures is strong. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are polite, articulate and confident. They are not afraid to perform in front of an audience and talk openly about their schooling, for example sharing their learning from a recent off-site visit. Governors have ensured that the independent school standards are met. The headteacher and trustees have ensured that pupils’ welfare, health and safety are priorities. 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.