Imam Muhammad Zakariya School

Name Imam Muhammad Zakariya School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 January 2017
Address 2 Bairstow Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3TN
Phone Number 01772881968
Type Independent
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 79 (43% boys 57% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Imam Muhammad Zakariya is an independent Muslim day school for boys and girls aged from four to 11 years, who come from different Asian heritages, but all of whom have an Islamic background. The school opened in 2000 and was registered by the Department for Education for up to 150 pupils. There are currently 86 pupils on roll. There are no pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school does not receive additional government funding to support disadvantaged children. The school is owned and operated by a charitable trust. All staff on the site are employed by the trust. The Imam Muhammad Zakariya Trust sets out to ‘offer children the opportunity to acquire an academic education within an Islamic atmosphere in a safe, secure and friendly environment.’ The school does not have a website; however, it meets requirements on the publication of specified information by making documentation readily available to parents upon request.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Imam Muhammad Zakariya is a very welcoming school. School leaders share a strong vision to educate pupils in such a way that they are well prepared to make a valuable contribution as citizens in modern Britain. Islamic values of tolerance, respect, kindness and honesty are at the heart of all this school does and contribute to the very strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have the full commitment of an enthusiastic and motivated staff. Senior leaders and the trustees know the school’s strengths and weaknesses, are conscientious and ensure full compliance with the independent school standards. Assessment has much improved since the previous inspection. Consequently, leaders and teachers know their pupils’ capabilities well. Achievement is good throughout the school. Pupils rise to the high expectations that teachers successfully model and they benefit from the good teaching they receive. Leaders are attentive in their responsibilities around safeguarding. Pupils feel very safe in school. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about how well the school teaches, supports and looks after their children. Nurturing pupils’ personal development and welfare is very evident in all aspects of school life and is a strength. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are gracious and extremely respectful to adults and their peers. They take pride in their appearance and are very proud of their school. Parents and pupils value education highly. As a result, absence is rare. Children settle well in the early years and make a good start to school life. However, the use of the outdoor space does not maximise opportunities for pupils to play and learn. The achievement of the most able pupils, and that of all pupils in writing, needs to improve further. Opportunities to extend and challenge pupils, particularly the most able, are sometimes missed. As a result, these pupils do not always make the gains of which they are capable. Younger pupils are not always given enough opportunities to solve mathematical problems and to think more deeply about their work. 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 the associated requirements.