Ghausia Girls’ High School

Name Ghausia Girls’ High School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 March 2019
Address 1-3 Cross Street, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 7EN
Phone Number 01282699214
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 21 (100% girls)
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England

Information about this school

There has been a high turnover of staff and governors since the previous inspection. The current headteacher is newly appointed. She is the fourth headteacher in less than two years. The proprietor is the Ghausia Girls’ High School Trust, which is a registered charity. There are two trustees: one is a member of the governing body, the other the deputy headteacher. A new chair of the governing body is also in post. The previous standard inspection took place in June 2017. Ghausia Girls’ High School is an independent school registered for girls aged between 11 and 16 years. It opened in 1996 and serves the Muslim community in Nelson. It provides pupils with a broad curriculum within an Islamic ethos. The school is housed in an end-of-terrace house in a residential area close to the town centre. The property is owned by the Ghausia Mosque Nelson. The vast majority of pupils join the school in Year 7 from a number of local maintained and independent primary schools. Almost all the girls are bilingual. Most speak English as well as Urdu and/or Punjabi. There are no pupils with identified special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school does not use any alternative providers of education. The school organises physical education lessons off-site at a local private gymnasium.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The trustees and governors have not ensured that all independent school standards are met consistently. The high turnover of governors, school leaders and staff since the previous inspection has had a detrimental effect on the school’s performance. Leaders have given insufficient thought to the school’s key stage 3 curriculum. This means that pupils are not as well prepared as they should be for key stage 4. The frequent changes of headteacher and teaching staff have meant that any improvements implemented have not been embedded. The quality of teaching across the school is inconsistent and variable. Leaders’ efforts to ensure consistently good teaching have been hampered by frequent changes of staff. Staff absence, reliance on part-time teachers and unfilled vacancies mean that leaders are not able to offer a suitable range of extra-curricular activities, trips and visits to enhance the school’s curriculum. Governors have not paid sufficient heed to addressing the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection. Their time has been taken up with the recruitment of staff and ensuring the financial viability of the school. The school has the following strengths Pupils enjoy coming to school. They get on well together, are keen to learn and have high ambitions for their futures. Almost all pupils move on to further and higher education. The school is calm and orderly. Pupils are polite and considerate. They show respect towards teachers, visitors and each other. Staff morale is good. Current staff enjoy working at the school. Pupils are well cared for and safe. Teachers make sure that pupils are aware of potential risks to them, both online and in the community. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.