|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||17 July 2018|
|Address||Willow Street, Little Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5NQ|
|Religious Character||Not applicable|
|Number of Pupils||268 (100% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
Islamiyah School is a non-selective, independent Muslim day school for girls aged between 11 and 16 years. It is located in the Little Harwood district of Blackburn. The school offers both secular and Islamic education. Almost all pupils speak English as a first language. Very few pupils have SEN and/or disabilities. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils at the school is well above average. The school does not use any alternative provision.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The school is exceptionally successful in achieving its aim of ‘Offering a broad and balanced curriculum alongside a positive understanding of Islam, to equip every pupil with skills to be a successful learner, confident individual and responsible British citizen.’ Leaders are highly ambitious for the school and its pupils. They have ensured that the quality of education that the school provides has improved strongly since the last inspection, so it is now outstanding in all areas. Pupils’ attainment is outstanding. From their different starting points pupils make excellent progress in a wide range of subjects. By the time that they leave the school, the proportions of pupils achieving strong and standard passes in English and mathematics GCSEs are significantly above the national average. Teaching across all year groups and all subjects is of a consistently high standard. Teachers have outstanding subject knowledge. They make excellent use of assessment information to make sure that work is very well matched to pupils’ needs. Excellent careers advice and very well-developed links with colleges and universities fuel pupils’ ambitions. All recent pupils have gone on to further studies, and current pupils have lofty career aspirations and a clear understanding of how to achieve their goals. Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils are extremely well mannered, thoughtful and articulate. They are happy in school and feel safe and cared for very well. The school’s curriculum provides pupils with a broad and well-balanced education, which is very successfully developing their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subjects. Provision for promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and their understanding of British values, is outstanding. Although the curriculum is rich and broad, there is still scope for it to be developed further by increasing the number of award-bearing subjects on offer in key stage 4. In key stage 3, pupils have limited opportunities to take part in practical science activities. 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.