Al Jamiatul Islamiyah

Name Al Jamiatul Islamiyah
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 17 April 2018
Address Mount St Joseph’s Convent, Willows Lane, Deane, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 4HF
Phone Number 0120462622
Type Independent
Age Range 11-25
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 278 (100% boys)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al Jamiatul Islamiyah was established in 1993 and is an independent boys’ day and boarding school with a clear Islamic ethos and religious purpose. Almost all pupils speak English as an additional language. The majority are British Muslims of Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage, although some attend the school from other European countries. The school’s stated mission is ‘to motivate, inspire, educate and rekindle the spark within the hearts of those youth who are growing up within this country. It aims to provide both religious and secular education to Muslims in an environment which is conducive to their learning and spiritual being’. Leadership of the faith and secular education in the school is separate. The headteacher, who held leadership responsibility for the secular curriculum and the sixth form, left the school earlier this school year. The secular curriculum is led, on an interim basis, by a team of members of staff. The curriculum comprises Islamic studies, which are taught in the morning, and a secular curriculum, taught in the afternoon. The Islamic curriculum includes Koranic exegesis, Arabic literature, hadith, theology and jurisprudence, as well as the study of Arabic. The secular curriculum is taught in English. Sixth-form students are registered as part-time students at Bolton College. They receive secular education in vocational subjects at the college. The quality of this provision is inspected by Ofsted as part of inspection of the college. Currently, there are no pupils at the school with an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders, including trustees, are at a relatively early stage in developing a fully systematic approach to monitoring the school’s secular learning. There is little formal evaluation of the school’s effectiveness, including of boarding. Leadership of the secular curriculum is underdeveloped. Attainment in English lags behind that in other secular subjects. This reflects variability in the quality of English teaching. Record-keeping about boarding pupils is not systematic enough. Some employment references accepted by the school lack detail. The admissions register and records of employment checks on staff were not fully accurate at the start of the inspection. There is currently a dispute about aspects of the work of trustees and other leaders within parts of the school’s wider community. The school has the following strengths The school has a positive ethos which reflects its Islamic background. Pupils’ attainment in Islamic studies, mathematics and science is high. Examination results in secular subjects are improving. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are respectful of their peers and adults. Older pupils support younger pupils and provide strong role models for them. The sixth form provides continuity in Islamic studies as pupils move through the school. Boarding pupils are looked after well. They feel safe and see the school as a second home. The school meets the national minimum standards for boarding schools and the independent school standards. The school has improved over time. Compliance with regulatory requirements and national minimum standards for boarding schools The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and the national minimum standards for boarding schools and associated requirements.