|Name||Darul Uloom Al Arabiya Al Islamiya|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||13 March 2018|
|Address||Holcombe Hall, 149 Holcombe Old Road, Holcombe, BURY, Lancashire, BL8 4NG|
|Religious Character||Not applicable|
|Number of Pupils||319 (100% boys)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
Darul Uloom is an independent residential educational institution for Muslim boys set in a rural location within a few miles of Bury town centre. The school is registered for pupils and students in the age range 11 to 23 years. There are currently 317 pupils on roll, 77 of whom are in the sixth form. Two hundred of these pupils also board at the school. One hundred and one students are over the age of 19, and are completing advanced Islamic studies. The provision and outcomes for this group were not within the remit for this inspection. The school offers a secondary secular and further education, as well as advanced Islamic education to Islamic scholar (alim) standard. The school aims to ‘promote the welfare of young Muslims and to give students a practical and more successful understanding of their religious and social rights and responsibilities in society’, and to ‘allow students to develop their spiritual and moral individuality so that they become true models of Islam, as well as respecting the individuality of others and other cultures and faiths’. The school received a full inspection on 4 November 2014, at which all aspects of the school’s work were judged outstanding. In January 2016, an emergency no-notice inspection was carried out following a number of complaints received by the registration authority in relation to the school and to the quality of residential care. The vast majority of the concerns raised by the complainants were not substantiated. However, during that visit, some independent school standards and national minimum standards for boarding schools were judged to be unmet. The school received a no-notice, progress monitoring inspection, on 23 November 2016, to check the progress of its work towards meeting the identified unmet standards. The school does not use any alternative provision.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Leaders are sustaining improvements in provision. They have secured good teaching and outcomes in the main school, excellent sixth-form provision and outstanding personal development, behaviour and welfare. The school provides a harmonious and peaceful environment where pupils learn successfully, feel safe and develop excellent personal skills. Teaching is good and pupils’ behaviour is impeccable. Pupils concentrate in lessons and are courteous and considerate around the school. The school’s work to promote pupils’ understanding of British values and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Pupils show respect for people from different faiths and cultures. Pupils attain high standards at GCSE, as a result of effective curriculum planning, good teaching and their excellent attitudes to learning. Teachers have good subject knowledge and effective teaching and assessment skills. Pupils consequently make good progress over time in secular subjects. They make excellent progress in Islamic studies. Pupils who fall behind in their learning are supported to catch up quickly. The most able pupils make good progress over time, but work is not always challenging enough to deepen their learning in all subjects in Years 7 and 8. The new system to track pupils’ progress is fit for purpose, but does not track pupils’ progress entirely accurately in all subjects. The sixth form is outstanding. Students make an excellent contribution to the school and achieve high grades in examinations. Pupils’ academic achievements, their excellent personal skills and the school’s highly effective careers education prepare pupils well for their futures and life in modern Britain. Leadership requires improvement because the school does not currently comply fully with the conditions of its registration. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’). However, the school is not compliant with the conditions of registration, as a small number of students are above the current higher age limit of 23.