Al-Huda Primary School

Name Al-Huda Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 July 2019
Address 3 Hennon Street, Bolton, BL1 3EH
Phone Number 01204841377
Type Independent
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Bolton
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Al-Huda Primary School is an independent Muslim day school for boys and girls aged from two to 11 years. Most pupils are of Asian heritage; all are of the Islamic faith. The school aims to ensure that ‘All pupils enjoy school life and develop positive attitudes to learning.’ The school opened in 2013 and was registered by the Department for Education for up to 20 pupils. In January 2015, it was granted a material change to extend provision to key stage 2, with a total approved maximum capacity of 70 pupils. At this time, the adjacent Little Gems Nursery became part of the school. Currently there are 137 pupils and children on the school roll. The school has two Nursery classes; one caters for two-year-olds and the other for three- and four-year-olds. Children attend the Nursery on a part-and full-time basis. Children attend the Reception class on a full-time basis. The school is owned and operated by a charitable trust. All staff on the site are employed by the trust. Al-Huda Trust sets out to educate Muslim pupils according to the Islamic faith. The school also employs an executive headteacher who offers support and challenge to the headteacher and senior leaders. Most staff are new to the school since the previous inspection, including the headteacher and several teachers in the primary school. The school building has undergone extensive refurbishment to extend classrooms and office space. The outdoor play area has been renovated. Leaders from Westwood High School provide support to the headteacher and help to improve various aspects of the school, including teaching. The school internally administers and assesses key stage 1 and 2 national statutory attainment tests. Information was available on the outcomes of these tests for 2019 for key stage 1 and 2018 for key stage 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The new headteacher is highly ambitious for the school. With the full support of trustees and the executive headteacher, she has maintained good-quality teaching and learning since the previous inspection. The proprietor and trustees support the school well. Together with senior leaders they make sure that safeguarding procedures are adhered to and all the independent school standards are met. Leaders aim for the school to be outstanding in all respects. However, the school’s development plans do not state clearly what the school needs to do to improve further. Phonics teaching is highly effective. For the last two years, an above-average proportion of pupils has been secure at the national phonics screening check at the end of Year 1. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers have strong bonds with pupils and high expectations of them. Occasionally pupils are not sufficiently challenged in their learning. In addition, pupils’ information, communication and technology (ICT) skills are not as strong as they could be. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are highly respectful and studious learners, who have a strong sense of moral obligation. Pupils enjoy learning with their friends and rarely miss a day of school. Senior leaders’ work to enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and appreciation of British values is highly effective. Pupils make good and sometimes outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Most pupils attain highly at the end of both key stages 1 and 2. Most parents and carers are highly positive about all aspects of their children’s education. Almost all are of the view that their children are happy, safe and making good progress. At the end of the Reception Year in 2018, the proportion of children who attained a good level of development was above average. However, the leadership of the early years provision lacks coordination. 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.