Hafs Academy

Hafs Academy

Name Hafs Academy
Website http://www.hafsacademy.org
Ofsted Inspections
Address Unit 3, 26 Maryland Road, London, E15 1JW
Phone Number 02085554260
Type Independent
Age Range 7-16
Religious Character None
Gender Boys
Number of Pupils 73 (100% boys)
Local Authority Newham
Pupils with SEN Support 0%

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders aim for pupils to excel in their Qur’an and Islamic studies. They strive to develop pupils’ personal values and to ensure they achieve well. Pupils value and enjoy the first part of the day when they immerse themselves in their faith studies. However, they feel they are missing out on learning in other subjects. Pupils do not have the option to choose the GCSE subjects they wish to study. Leaders do not ensure that pupils have enough resources to support their learning. This means, for instance, pupils do not do any experiments in science. Pupils dislike not having a playground on site to get exercise during breaktimes.

Pupils behave well and enjoy each other’s company. They are respectful, polite and welcoming to visitors. Pupils are safe and said that in this small school bullying is something they do not experience. They are confident that leaders would not tolerate any form of bullying. They said that should it occur, leaders would deal with it straight away.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Although the curriculum meets the requirements of the independent school standards, leaders do not ensure that what pupils learn outside Islamic studies is planned consistently well.

Leaders expect teachers to plan what pupils learn in each subject. However, leaders have not ensured that teachers have had sufficient training to plan and deliver a well-sequenced curriculum. Leaders have not given enough thought to what they want pupils in Years 7 and 8 to know and remember in each subject. Pupils do not cover subject content in much depth.

Pupils start most of their GCSE studies in Year 9. Pupils do not get to choose for themselves which subjects to study at GCSE. In Years 9 to 11, teachers do not usually extend pupils’ knowledge beyond the confines of the examination syllabus. This affects pupils’ learning. It means that pupils do not gain a deep enough understanding in the subjects they are taught.

Teachers’ subject knowledge is secure. They give pupils opportunities to revisit their learning. This helps pupils to remember what they have been taught. Teachers check what pupils have learned and help them to improve their work. There are no pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities currently on roll. All pupils can read fluently. Teachers encourage pupils to read texts related to their subjects.

Generally, pupils show positive attitudes to learning in class. Very occasionally, there is some low-level disruption. When this happens, staff follow the agreed procedures to sort it out.

Staff provide opportunities that support pupils’ personal development. Through the curriculum and assemblies, they endeavour to build pupils’ character. Staff teach pupils to respect others, including people with protected characteristics. Teachers encourage pupils to behave with honesty and integrity.

Pupils valued the talks given by visitors recently. For example, pupils enjoyed hearing from a psychotherapist, who talked to pupils about how to take care of their mental health. Pupils also heard a talk about the dangers of extremism and how to avoid being radicalised. Leaders provide a small number of clubs and other enrichment activities, which pupils enjoy. Leaders have planned a suitable programme of study that meets the new relationships and sex education requirements.

When pupils leave the school at the end of Year 11, they go on to further study, employment or training. However, leaders do not fulfil the statutory requirements to provide pupils with a programme of impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).

The proprietors do not have rigorous enough systems in place to check the school’s compliance with the independent school standards. The proprietors do not ensure that the school meets all the independent school standards consistently.

The school complies with schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.

Staff feel they have a good balance between work and their home lives. Staff said that leaders give them adequate time for preparing lessons and marking work.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff know the pupils and their parents well. Staff have had training on the most recent statutory guidance. They know how to spot the signs that show pupils may be at risk. Since the previous inspection, leaders have created more effective systems for collating and analysing all concerns relating to pupils’ behaviour and welfare. Staff report and log any concerns. Leaders understand when and how they should make referrals to get the external support that pupils need.

The school’s safeguarding policy is published on its website. It meets the latest statutory requirements.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and proprietor)

? The proprietors are not rigorous enough in checking that they are up to date in ensuring that all aspects of the school’s work are compliant with the statutory requirements. As a result, the school does not consistently meet all of the independent school standards. The proprietors should make sure that they keep up to date and check regularly that all requirements are consistently met. ? Leaders provide pupils with a very limited programme of careers guidance. This means that pupils do not have opportunities to explore and consider a full range of future options for education, training or employment. Leaders should ensure that they provide pupils with a comprehensive CEIAG programme that meets the requirements set out in the independent school standards. ? Curriculum planning in subjects other than Islamic studies is not well developed. Leaders have not given enough thought to what they want pupils to know and remember in each subject. In some subjects, pupils’ learning does not go beyond the subject content set out in the examination specifications. It means that pupils do not gain a deep enough understanding in the subjects they are taught. Leaders should ensure that teachers are trained to plan and deliver an ambitious curriculum. They should ensure that the curriculum develops and deepens pupils’ knowledge securely over time in each of the subjects taught.