Jaamiatul Imaam Muhammad Zakaria


Name Jaamiatul Imaam Muhammad Zakaria
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 June 2018
Address Thornton View Road, Clayton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD14 6JX
Phone Number 01274882007
Type Independent
Age Range 11-23
Religious Character Muslim
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 477 (100% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Jaamiatul Imaam Muhammad Zakaria School is an independent Muslim school for girls. All pupils attend the school full time. The school opened in 1992 and is situated in the Clayton area of Bradford. The majority of pupils are British Muslims of South Asian origin. Since the last inspection, the age range of pupils has been extended to between 11 and 23 years. The school has an extensive site with several buildings. The main teaching block is purpose built and has high-quality teaching resources, classrooms and a large hall space. Currently, a second teaching block is under development. This has required some temporary arrangements for classrooms, such as science laboratories. There are no pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, or any who are at the early stage of learning English as an additional language. The school uses no alternative education provision. The school has provision for boarders. Inspection of the boarding provision was subject to a separate report. The school was last inspected in May 2015. This previous inspection was an integrated inspection of care and education.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, ably supported by other senior leaders, ensures that the school improves in a systematic fashion and that all of the independent school standards are met. Consequently, the curriculum is broadening, pupils make good progress as a result of good teaching and pupils’ personal development is excellent. Teachers plan lessons which generally meet pupils’ needs. Opportunities for pupils to investigate, discuss ideas and in practical work engage them with their learning effectively. The recently introduced assessment and recording system provides regular pupil progress information for teachers and leaders. However, some of this information is not well matched to the progress found in pupils’ books. The sixth-form provision is good. Consequently, students make good progress overall, particularly in Islamic studies. Leaders have widened curriculum opportunities. However, progress in some recently introduced subjects, such as A-level English and biology, is not as strong. Pupils’ personal development is a strength of the school. The curriculum, combined with guidance from teachers, tutors and independent listeners, ensures that pupils’ physical and emotional well-being needs are well nurtured. Pupils, parents and carers are unanimous in their praise for this aspect of the school. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and at other times of the day is exemplary. Pupils are courteous and well mannered and cooperate well with staff and their peers. Trustees are ambitious to provide the best education and care for pupils. They strive to ensure that the classrooms are modern and create a high-quality learning environment. Leaders’ self-evaluation and school improvement plans identify relevant priorities and have clear actions for the continuous improvement of the school. However, sometimes the self-evaluation judgements are overly positive and need to take more consideration of pupils’ outcomes. Approaches to checking the effect of actions in the plans are not precise enough. 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.