Madani Girls’ School


Name Madani Girls’ School
Website http://www.madani.leicester.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 September 2013
Address 77 Evington Valley Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 5LL
Phone Number 01162498080
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Muslim
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 304 (100% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.5
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 78.6%

Information about this school

Madani Girls’ School is significantly smaller than most secondary schools. The school has an Islamic ethos. The overwhelming majority of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds, particularly the Gujerat region of India, Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above average. This additional funding is for students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, in local authority care, or from some other groups. A large proportion of pupils speak English is an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is below average, as is the proportion supported by school action plus or through at statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress at the end of Year 11. No students are educated at other sites. The school was created in its present form in October 2012 when the mixed Madani High School was split into separate girls’ and boys’ schools. This was to make sure the school’s admissions policy complied with equal opportunities legislation. The school’s structure was ratified in June 2013. The girls’ and boys’ schools occupy separate wings of the same building, which has a shared reception area and other shared facilities, such as the mosque and library. The girls’ and boys’ schools are governed by a federation with a single governing body and led by an executive headteacher. Madani girls’ school shares its unique reference number with the predecessor mixed school. This is why this report makes reference to the previous inspection report of Madani High School in 2009.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students achieve well and make good progress. Teaching that is typically good ensures that students make good progress in lessons. Students known to be eligible for the pupil premium make very good progress and achieve well. The school caters well for disabled students and those with special educational needs. Good support is helping them to catch up with the standards reached by other groups of students. The governors support the school well. They have the right skills to challenge leaders to make the right decisions to raise the quality of teaching and learning. School leaders know what the school is doing well and their actions are having a positive impact on teaching and learning. Students are exceptionally polite. Through their outstanding behaviour in lessons, they encourage each other to do better. They feel safe and secure in school. Attendance is high and levels of persistent absence are very low. It is not yet an outstanding school because : More-able students do not always do as well in mathematics as in English. In some lessons, teachers do not match tasks and activities to students’ differing ability levels. Students are not always given time to respond to teachers’ comments in their books and make quick corrections.