Islamic Preparatory School Wolverhampton


Name Islamic Preparatory School Wolverhampton
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 05 February 2019
Address 197 Waterloo Road, Dunstall Hill, Wolverhampton, WV1 4RA
Phone Number 01902710473
Type Independent
Age Range 4-13
Religious Character Muslim
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 32 (46% boys 54% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Islamic Preparatory School Wolverhampton is an Islamic day school for boys and girls. It is part of the Wolverhampton Mosque Trust. The school is situated in a converted Victorian residential building on the same site as Wolverhampton Central Mosque. Pupils on roll are aged four to 11. However, the school is registered for pupils aged four to 13. The headteacher has been advised that he needs to contact the DfE and request a material change to lower the age range. The school does not use any alternative provision. Currently, there are no pupils with SEND or any who have an education, health and care plan. There has been a reduction in staff since September 2018. The designated safeguarding lead and special educational needs coordinator did not return to school in the autumn term 2018. The headteacher has taken on both of these responsibilities, in addition to a full-time class teaching commitment. Since the last standard inspection, the governing body has disbanded, and an advisory body has been formed. This small group of advisors do not have any formal accountability for the school’s performance. The school’s last full standard inspection was in May 2017. The last school inspection was an unannounced progress monitoring inspection in December 2018.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The headteacher has not ensured that all of the independent school standards are met. The headteacher’s knowledge and understanding of safeguarding procedures are weak. Health and safety hazards are not always identified. Consequently, safeguarding arrangements are ineffective. The headteacher’s checks on the quality of teaching are not effective enough to sustain the previous positive rate of improvement. Leadership capacity is limited and hindered by staffing arrangements. Leaders are not doing enough to drive improvement quickly enough and ensure consistently good outcomes. Although improved since the last standard inspection, the quality of teaching across the school is not consistently good. Some teachers do not make sure that pupils have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding they need before they are asked to complete more difficult work. This hampers pupils’ progress. Some pupils achieve very well, others do not. This is directly related to the variation in the quality of teaching. Too many of the most able pupils are not sufficiently challenged in their learning, particularly in English and mathematics. The school has the following strengths Leaders have ensured that the school provides pupils with an enriched, broad curriculum. This motivates pupils and reinforces positive attitudes towards learning. The teaching of reading is effective. Pupils, including children in the early years, typically read with an appropriate level of fluency and understanding. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and during free time is almost always good. They treat each other with respect and enjoy each other’s company. The quality of teaching and learning in Years 5 and 6 is strong. As a result, pupils in these year groups achieve well across the curriculum. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.