Al Huda Academy (Jamia Al-Hudaa)

Name Al Huda Academy (Jamia Al-Hudaa)
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 December 2017
Address Ouseburn Croft, Darnall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 3FY
Phone Number 01142217907
Type Independent
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Muslim
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Sheffield
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Al Huda Academy (Jamia Al-Hudaa) is an independent Muslim day school for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 years. The school selects pupils of average and above-average levels of ability through the setting of an entrance examination and interview. The previous standard inspection took place on 29 April to 1 May 2015. The school has also received three progress monitoring inspections on 21 April 2016, 10 to 11 January 2017 and 3 to 4 May 2017. The school holds registration status as an 11 to 18 school for both girls and boys. There are currently no pupils in the post-16 provision and no girls on roll. At the time of this inspection, the current proprietors had written to the Department for Education to request a material change of proprietor. There is no longer any boarding provision at the school. The school does not use any alternative education provision. The school does not have any pupils who have an education, health and care plan.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have sought appropriate reviews and advice externally, which have developed their leadership skills, capacity to improve teaching and learning, and knowledge of the independent school standards. Teaching and learning are much improved from the previous standard inspection. Teachers take part in training, for example about questioning, and then apply this to their teaching, asking questions that make pupils think hard. Overall, pupils make good progress from their starting points. The improved assessment tracker identifies pupils to receive extra support if they fall behind in the core curriculum; however, this does not yet extend to the wider curriculum. Teachers use pupils’ progress information to plan learning; however, some pupils, particularly the most able, sometimes complete work quickly because it is too easy for them. The curriculum is broad and balanced and pupils study a range of GCSE subjects and vocational subjects alongside Islamic studies. Leaders are continuing to develop opportunities in creative, aesthetic and physical areas of the curriculum. Pupils have many opportunities within the school curriculum to develop their personal, social, health and economic knowledge. Leaders agree, however, that more extra-curricular opportunities would develop pupils’ knowledge and skills further. Pupils’ attendance is above the national average for secondary schools. Pupils are polite and courteous and behave well in school. At the time of this inspection, there were no students in post-16 education at the school. Students from the previous academic year studied vocational qualifications alongside Islamic studies and progressed into a variety of education, employment and training. Leaders ensure that all staff receive appropriate training in child protection, and pupils are aware of whom to go to if there is an issue. Pupils say that the school has improved considerably over the last two years. Following the previous inspection, leaders now ensure that they meet the independent school standards consistently. 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.