Al Khair School

Name Al Khair School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 07 November 2018
Address 61-63 Causeway Green Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8LR
Phone Number 01215442361
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 41 (34% boys 66% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al Khair Primary School is a Muslim day school for boys and girls. It is registered for 22 pupils aged 3 to 11. The school opened in May 2014. The school is currently operating outside of its registration. It has 34 pupils on roll and has admitted two-year-old children. Pupils are taught in four mixed-age classes with pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Three pupils are educated at home but attend Al Khair for a small number of sessions each week. There are no pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The school has recently appointed a special educational needs coordinator. The headteacher was appointed in September 2017. Three new teaching staff joined the school in September 2018. The school does not use any alternative provision. The school is one of three schools in the Al Khair Foundation, an educational charity. Another independent primary school and an independent secondary school are in Croydon, London. Executive leaders, based in Croydon, oversee the work of the school. The school’s previous standard inspection took place in April 2015, when it was judged to be good.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The proprietor and leaders have not ensured that all the independent school standards are met. The proprietor has been slow to address significant weaknesses in the school. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is weak. Teachers do not use assessment information well enough to plan work that meets the needs of all pupils. Pupils make limited progress and standards are low. The curriculum does not develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding well enough in all subjects. Pupils do not deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. They do not apply their English skills in different kinds of writing or subjects. Pupils’ handwriting and presentation are weak. Pupils do not develop a love of reading. Pupils have not developed secure phonics knowledge to help them in their reading and writing. The most able pupils are not sufficiently challenged in their learning. Children in the early years benefit from a curriculum that is tailored to their interests. However, there are insufficient opportunities to practise and apply basic skills in literacy and numeracy in independent activities. Leaders’ plans for improvement are not sufficiently focused on improving teaching, learning and outcomes for pupils. School leaders do not apply school policies consistently and do not provide all required information to parents and carers. The school has the following strengths Pupils are respectful and behave well. Pupils demonstrate a good understanding of British values. Parents are hugely supportive of the school and value the school’s ethos. Pupils enjoy school and attend well. 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.