|Name||Al-Ikhlaas Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 July 2017|
|Address||35 Norfolk Street, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 7TN|
|Religious Character||Not applicable|
|Number of Pupils||159 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
Al-Ikhlaas is a Muslim primary school for boys and girls aged three to 11 years. The school is in Nelson in Lancashire and is owned by the registered charity, Fountains of Knowledge. The chair of the governing body is also the proprietor. There are a further four governors, who are also trustees of the charity. The board of trustees has recently submitted plans to purchase new premises and further extend the school to include secondary education. The aim of the school is to ‘inspire children to achieve academic, behavioural and moral excellence, allowing them to live as successful, happy individuals’. The school opened in 2010. The school’s most recent education inspection was conducted by the Bridge Schools Inspectorate in May 2014. That inspection judged that the school was providing an outstanding quality of education. There are no pupils who have a statement of special educational needs and/or disabilities or an education, health and care plan. A lower proportion of pupils than average speak English as an additional language.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The headteacher, well supported by governors and senior staff, provides ambitious leadership. Pupils make excellent progress in their learning because of leaders’ work to secure outstanding teaching. Leaders are passionate, and care deeply about pupils. They give close attention to the individual learning needs of each pupil so that all have the chance to experience success. The carefully planned curriculum provides pupils with many exciting opportunities to learn how to make a positive contribution to their community. Pupils are very well prepared for life in modern Britain. Provision for children in the early years is outstanding. Strong leadership and high-quality teaching enable children to make exceptional progress. Pupils make rapid progress. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are well above the national average at the end of key stage 1 and key stage 2. Leaders are highly successful in combining the Islamic ethos with pupils’ outstanding personal development. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Teachers build very secure relationships and have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Safeguarding is very effective. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school and appreciate the hard work of staff. They are very positive about the progress made by their children. Very good communication with parents is a priority of the school. Leaders seek external advice to challenge their performance. A key feature of the school’s improvement is the willingness of staff and governors to actively pursue opportunities to work with other schools to improve and share their own practice. Teaching across a wide range of subjects is highly effective, although there is scope to improve the way that pupils’ reasoning skills are developed in mathematics. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are extremely positive. They show respect for adults, and for each other. They are very proud of their school and their work. There are a few occasions where the presentation of pupils’ work dips in quality in subjects other than English. 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.