Darul Uloom Leicester

Name Darul Uloom Leicester
Website http://www.darululoomleicester.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 30 January 2018
Address 119 Loughborough Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5LN
Phone Number 01162668922
Type Independent
Age Range 11-23
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 135 (100% boys)
Local Authority Leicester
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Darul Uloom is an independent Islamic educational institute for male pupils aged 11 to 23 years. It is located in the Belgrave area of Leicester and offers secondary education. The school also offers further and advanced Islamic education for those up to 23 years. This prepares students to become imams or Islamic theologians. Inspectors did not inspect this aspect of the school’s provision. The school does not use any alternative providers of education. There are 136 pupils on roll, 66 of whom are boarders. There are no pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities who have a statement of special needs or an education, health and care plan. The school aims to ‘nurture self-respect and confident and to raise the self-esteem of its pupils as Muslims, enabling them to integrate successfully in the multicultural society without compromising their Islamic beliefs and values.’ The school’s motto is: ‘Learn, Practise, and Serve.’ The headteacher took up his post in September 2016. A new chair of governors took up his post in August 2016. The trust has purchased land adjacent to the school to increase the capacity of the school in the near future. The previous standard inspection took place on 1–3 December 2015. Progress monitoring inspections of the education and boarding provisions took place on 25 May 2016 and 10 November 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The school does not meet all of the independent school standards and the minimum standards for the boarding provision. The quality of teaching is not consistently good across the whole school. Too few pupils, including the most able, make good progress, particularly in Years 10 and 11. Leaders’ oversight of the progress of different pupil groups is not sharp enough. Leaders do not ensure that records relating to admissions are consistently accurate. Not all teachers apply the school’s marking policy consistently. The curriculum does not provide older pupils with sufficient opportunities to develop their creative and aesthetic skills. Sixth-form students’ progress in the national curriculum subjects is not strong enough. The school has the following strengths The proprietors and senior leaders have taken effective action to improve the quality of the educational provision since the last inspection. Senior leaders’ significant improvements to the boarding provision have ensured that boarders now receive a good experience. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 make better progress than pupils in Years 10 and 11. Pupils now have access to a greater range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities than they did previously. Pupils attend school regularly and behave well. Compliance with regulatory requirements and national minimum standards for boarding schools The school does not meet the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements or the national minimum standards for boarding schools. The details are listed in the report.