Al Islah Girls’ High School

Name Al Islah Girls’ High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 09 October 2018
Address 108 Audley Range, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 1TF
Phone Number 01254261573
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 77 (100% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The Al Islah Girls’ High School is an independent Muslim day school that is registered to provide education for girls aged 11 to 16. The school opened in 1999. There are currently 58 pupils on roll. There are no pupils who have an education, health and care plan. The school uses off-site provision for PE activities. The last standard inspection took place in November 2016. A progress monitoring inspection was completed in November 2017. Since the last inspection, there have been extensive changes in leadership and management. There is a completely new governing body, a new proprietor and new leaders. An acting headteacher is currently in post.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Teaching is not matched well enough to the learning needs and abilities of pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9. Off-task behaviour slows the learning of some pupils in these year groups. Progress is not consistently good. The most able pupils are not fully engaged in learning because they have little to do when they finish their work in class. The school’s policies on assessment, homework and feedback to pupils are not consistently implemented as intended by leaders. Across the curriculum, pupils’ mathematical and information and communication technology (ICT) skills are not developed as effectively as their literacy skills. A minority of pupils feel unable to express their views and ideas to school leaders. Displays are not used effectively to stimulate and support learning. Pupils have limited opportunities to exercise outdoors. The school has the following strengths Leaders and managers have ensured that all the independent school standards are met and have dealt with inadequacies identified at the last inspection. They have the knowledge and skills to continue to improve the school. Safeguarding arrangements are effective. Pupils feel and are safe in school. There is some good teaching, especially in history, religious studies and English in Years 10 and 11. Teachers have good subject knowledge and deliver a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are promoted effectively. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are kind towards each other and cooperative in lessons. Pupils make good progress in Years 10 and 11. Pupils typically attain above-average standards at GCSE. Effective careers advice, good personal development and historically high attainment in GCSE examinations equip pupils well for their next steps. 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.