Al-Khair School


Name Al-Khair School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 29 January 2019
Address 109-117 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BE
Phone Number 02086628664
Type Independent
Age Range 4-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 393 (54% boys 46% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al-Khair School is an independent day school for boys and girls in the London Borough of Croydon. The school has a Muslim ethos. The school was established in 2003 and is registered for up to 465 pupils between the ages of four and 16. There are currently 393 pupils on roll. The school is located on two sites. The secondary school is in converted commercial and residential buildings on Cherry Tree Road. The primary school is located about a mile away on Pitlake Road in commercial premises, which have been adapted for educational use. Pupils use a wide range of local leisure facilities for physical education and enrichment. The school operates a policy of segregation by sex in the secondary school from age 11 to 16. The boys’ department is located on the ground floor of the building, and the girls’ department is on the first floor. Boys and girls have separate entrances to the school. Pupils are segregated for classes and all other activities. The policy causes the following detriment to pupils: boys and girls cannot learn and socialise together. Given this detriment, the policy constitutes direct discrimination, contrary to the Equality Act 2010. Leaders intend to de-amalgamate the departments into separate schools. They intend to do this by summer 2019. At the time of the inspection, leaders had not yet started the formal process of de-amalgamation. However, leaders had consulted with parents and drawn up separate policies for the proposed girls’ school. Leaders made an application for a material change to the Department for Education (DfE) during the inspection. The school is associated with the Al-Khair Foundation, a registered charity. The school does not have a governing body. The school does not use any alternative provision. Since the previous inspection, there have been changes in leadership. There are two executive headteachers. They are the previous headteachers of the secondary and primary departments. The secondary headteacher has been in post for two years. A new primary headteacher took up post in September 2018 but has since resigned. The executive headteacher, formerly the primary headteacher, has temporarily taken over this role.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Leadership and management are inadequate because leaders have not ensured that all the independent school standards are met. Safeguarding is ineffective. Leaders have not ensured that the statutory guidance on safer recruitment is followed. Leaders do not have a clear process to undertake due diligence on visitors to the school. There is confusion about who is responsible for holding leaders and staff to account. The early years provision is inadequate because : not all the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the early years statutory framework are met. Leaders segregate pupils by sex without legal justification, which is in breach of the Equality Act 2010. The school has the following strengths Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and questioning skills. Pupils’ outcomes are good. They are well prepared academically for the next stage of their education, from the early years to the end of the secondary school. Pupils are confident to put forward their point of view. They have strong speaking and debating skills. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They concentrate well in class, and are polite, kind and respectful to each other. There is a strong and varied enrichment programme to support pupils’ personal development and welfare 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.