Islamia School for Girls’

Name Islamia School for Girls’
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 21 February 2017
Address 129 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6PE
Phone Number 02073723472
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Islam
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 154 (100% girls)
Local Authority Brent
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 1.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Islamia Girls’ School is an Islamic selective secondary day school in the London Borough of Brent. It is part of the Yusuf Islam Foundation and is one of two schools owned by the proprietor, the other being Brondesbury College, a boys’ secondary school. The school was founded in 1989. It is located on the first and second floor of a building shared with Islamia Primary School. The building is a purpose-built Victorian school building and shares the playground and a temporary dining space with the primary school. The school’s mission statement is, ‘To strive to provide the best education in a secure Islamic environment through the knowledge and application of the Koran and Sunnah.’ The school aims to ‘give students a strong sense of identity as Muslim women and to provide them with an understanding of Islam that prepares them to excel in higher education and contribute to the wider world’. The school is registered for students from Year 7 to Year 11. There are currently 153 full-time students. Currently, there are no pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities or disadvantaged pupils. About one in 10 pupils are identified as the most able. About four fifths of pupils speak English as an additional language. The school has a headteacher and assistant headteacher. There are no subject leaders. Year 10 pupils were out on work experience during the inspection. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school does not currently use the services of any alternative education providers. The previous standard inspection was conducted in June 2014. The school received a progress monitoring inspection in January 2015.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders and trustees are extremely committed to maintaining high standards and ensuring that this outstanding school continues to improve. The school meets all the independent school standards. The headteacher, with strong support from a very able assistant headteacher, is effective in developing a culture of very high expectation and aspiration that enables pupils and staff to excel. Staff are extremely motivated and share leaders’ drive for continuous improvement. The trustees have great ambition for the school. They are highly skilled and have a secure understanding of how to improve the school. They are very knowledgeable about the school’s strengths and areas for development. They provide strong support and challenge to senior leaders to ensure that high standards are maintained. Pupils make exceptionally strong progress from their starting points in all subjects across the curriculum because the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. Pupils’ attainment in GCSE examinations is consistently well above the national average in all subjects. Leaders ensure that pupils are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education. Pupils receive high-quality impartial careers advice and guidance that ensures that they make informed choices about which courses meet their needs and aspirations. Pupils are very polite, courteous and supportive of each other. Their behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent. Pupils show a genuine thirst for learning. Staff ensure that pupils develop into very confident, self-motivated and self-assured young women. Leaders and trustees ensure that pupils always feel safe. Pupils are protected remarkably well from unsafe situations, including partisan political views, radicalisation and extremism. The provision for promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Leaders ensure that pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Although pupils enjoy coming to school, the attendance of a very small number of pupils is not always as regular as that of their peers. As a result, they miss valuable learning. 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.