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Al-Ihsaan Community College

Name Al-Ihsaan Community College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 03 October 2017
Address 1 Kamloops Crescent, Leicester, LE1 2HX
Phone Number 01163192360
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 37 (100% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al-Ihsaan Community College is an independent Muslim day school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16 years old. To date, it has not had any male pupils on roll. There are no pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Most, but not all, pupils are of Somali heritage. The proportion of pupils who are at an early stage of learning English as an additional language is well above average. The school offers the national curriculum for key stages 3 and 4, alongside Islamic studies. The school does not make use of alternative provision. The headteacher started at the school in September 2017. The proprietor took over ownership of the school in September 2017. The Department for Education is aware of this change in proprietor. The school’s last standard inspection was 15 to 18 June 2015. The Bridge Schools Inspectorate undertook this inspection. This inspection inspected the school’s compliance in meeting the independent school standards, and the school’s suitability for registration as an independent school. Previous to this, Ofsted undertook a standard inspection on 20 June 2012. The outcome of the inspection was that the quality of the school’s education was satisfactory. Progress monitoring inspections of the school took place on 14 June 2016 and 21 February 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The proprietor has not ensured that the school meets all of the independent school standards. The quality of teaching is not good enough across the school to ensure that pupils make consistently strong progress, both academically and in their personal development. Pupils, including the most able, do not make as much progress as they should in a range of subjects. Pupils in Year 8 do not receive impartial careers guidance. Until recently, leaders’ checks on the progress pupils make have not been sharp enough. The training that teachers receive has not focused well enough on developing their classroom practice. Teachers do not ensure that pupils are secure in their learning across the whole curriculum. The school has the following strengths The headteacher has a precise understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. He has been quick to take effective action to raise teachers’ expectations of their pupils. Pupils’ attendance is in line with national levels. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils have strong relationships with each other and their teachers. Extra-curricular activities allow pupils to enhance their learning beyond the classroom, to meet people from the local community and to learn about other faiths and cultures. Pupils have a secure understanding of how to keep themselves safe and how to raise any welfare concerns that they may have. All staff are vigilant about pupils’ welfare. Staff take immediate action to support pupils when they have a concern about their well-being. Pupils have a secure understanding of the need to respect all people, including those from different cultures, or those who have different values, beliefs or opinions. Pupils attain well and make good progress in their Arabic studies. 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.