Al Risalah Secondary School

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Al Risalah Secondary School

Name Al Risalah Secondary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 December 2015
Address 145 Upper Tooting Road, London, SW17 7TJ
Phone Number 02087676057
Type Independent
Age Range 3-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 310 (52% boys 48% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Al-Risalah is an independent Muslim day school run by the Al-Risalah Education Trust. The Trust also runs a nursery school which has its own building (10 minutes’ walk away), and runs independently of the secondary school. The only commonality is the governing body. This inspection covered both the secondary and nursery schools. The secondary school is located in a converted cinema, and the nursery is housed in a renovated residential building. The secondary school is registered to admit 287 pupils. Currently there are 197 pupils who attend the school full time. Boys and girls are taught separately. None of the pupils has a statement of special educational needs and there are no children who are looked after. All pupils are Muslims, but are from a range of ethnic minority backgrounds. The school was last inspected in May 2012. Since then, there have been two changes in the headship. The current headteacher took up his post in September 2015, and has worked at the school for the last 10 years. In addition, four new teachers joined the school in 2014/15. The school does not make use of any offsite training. The school aims to ‘equip students with life skills in order to be role model citizens, ambassadors for Islam as well as good Muslims’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have improved the work of the school since the previous inspection. Consistently good teaching in all subjects motivates pupils to achieve well. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They feel safe and have good relationships with their classmates and staff. Children in the nursery settle quickly and make good progress because they are well cared for. Parents and staff are highly satisfied with the school. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, particularly of fundamental British values, is strong. Pupils link these to Islamic values, and any inequalities or prejudices are not tolerated. Pupils have a very good understanding of how democracy works and the importance of obeying the law. Leaders and governors have made sure that all the independent school standards are met. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils are not always given sufficiently challenging work to enable them to make rapid progress and attain the top GCSE grades. Pupils do not always receive the effective advice on improving their work that is prescribed in the school’s marking policy. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets schedule 1 of The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010, as amended 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements. Full report

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