Al-Huda Primary School

Name Al-Huda Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 September 2016
Address 3 Hennon Street, Bolton, BL1 3EH
Phone Number 01204841377
Type Independent
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 137 (51% boys 49% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al Huda is an independent Muslim day school for boys and girls aged from two to 11 years who come from different Asian heritages but all of whom have an Islamic background. The school opened in 2013 and was registered by the Department for Education for up to 20 pupils. In January 2015, it was granted a material change to extend provision to key stage 2, with a total approved maximum capacity of 70 pupils. The school does not presently have Year 6 pupils. In December 2015, the separately registered nursery unit was granted ‘exemption from early years registration’ by Ofsted. This has resulted in the early years becoming part of the primary school. The school now also caters for two- and three-year-olds. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well below the national average. The school is owned and operated by a charitable trust. All staff on the site are employed by the trust. Al-Huda Trust sets out to educate Muslim pupils according to the Islamic faith. The school also employs an executive headteacher who offers support and challenge to the headteacher and senior leaders. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Al-Huda Primary is a thriving school. Leaders share a strong vision to educate pupils in such a way that they are well prepared to make a valuable contribution as citizens in modern Britain. Islamic values of tolerance, respect, kindness and honesty are at the heart of all this school does. The headteacher and deputies have the full commitment of an enthusiastic and motivated staff. Senior leaders and the proprietor know the school’s strengths and weaknesses and have been conscientious in pursuing continual improvement. Assessment has much improved since the previous inspection. Consequently, leaders and teachers know their pupils well. As a result, pupils achieve well throughout the school. Pupils rise to the high expectations that teachers successfully model and they benefit from the good teaching they receive. Teachers’ subject knowledge is good and lessons are well resourced. Leaders are attentive in their responsibilities around safeguarding. As a result, pupils feel very safe in school. Parental involvement is a strength. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about how well the school teaches, supports and looks after their children. The importance of nurturing pupils’ personal development and welfare is very evident in all aspects of school life. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are gracious and extremely respectful to adults and peers. They take pride in their appearance and are very proud of their school. Parents and pupils value education highly. As a result, absence is rare. There are strengths in the early years. As a result, children settle well and make an excellent start to school life. Pupils are not always challenged to think deeply and practise their reasoning skills. Pupils sometimes lack confidence to work on their own. Outdoor space is too limited and does not maximise opportunities for pupils to play and learn outside. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the associated requirements.