|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||21 May 2019|
|Address||55 Northumberland Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0EJ|
|Religious Character||Not applicable|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
Information about this school
Fitrah Sips (Southampton Islamic Primary School) is an independent day school that was set up in 2010. Pupils come from a range of ethnic backgrounds. All current pupils are Muslim, although the school admits pupils from any faith and none. Pupils are taught in three mixed-year-group classes of Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. At the time of the inspection, there were no pupils in Year 1. Nor were there any pupils in key stage 3 or 4. There are currently 26 pupils on roll. The school is governed by a board of trustees. The chair is also the school’s proprietor. The headteacher has recently returned to the school after leaving this position in 2015.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Leaders have ensured that the school has improved since the previous inspection. The newly appointed headteacher has increased the rate of progress since he returned in January. The school sits at the heart of the community that it serves. Parents are particularly happy with the breadth and quality of education their children receive. Teaching and support staff know pupils very well. The pastoral care of pupils is a great strength of the school. The welfare, health and safety of pupils are given the highest priority. Most pupils make good progress across the curriculum. Some pupils make outstanding progress after joining the school because of the high expectations of staff. Absence is monitored closely. Lateness is challenged and followed up by staff. As a result, rates of attendance are very high. Leaders and the proprietor have ensured that all of the independent school standards are met. Pupils behave extremely well because adults’ expectations are high. Pupils’ excellent attitudes to learning make classrooms happy and productive places in which to be. The curriculum meets the needs of pupils well. This is especially the case when subjects are taught by specialists, such as in physical education, computing and Arabic. Trustees know the school increasingly well. Although they maintain a clear strategic overview of the school, their understanding of what needs to improve in classrooms is less strong. Self-evaluation of the school’s strengths and weaknesses is generally accurate. However, improvement planning is not focused enough, nor is it understood well enough by staff or those in positions of governance. Most-able pupils do not always make the progress they are capable of. This is particularly the case in mathematics. 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.