|Name||Jamea Al Kauthar|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||13 November 2018|
|Address||Ashton Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 5AJ|
|Number of Pupils||310 (100% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||0%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Jamea Al Kauthar is a Muslim boarding school for girls. The school is registered for up to 500 girls aged from 11 to 20 years old. Some students are aged between 21 and 25. The school opened in September 1997. It is owned by the Al Badr Islamic Trust. The school has a sole proprietor who is one of the trustees of the Al Badr Islamic Trust. The proprietor is also the school’s principal. Since the previous inspection, a governing body has been appointed. There have also been some changes to teaching staff. Senior leadership roles have been extended by introducing two new areas of responsibility. These are a head of teaching and learning and a head of the secondary school provision. The school’s mission is to provide ‘an Islamic environment which is safe, vibrant and enriching. The school aspires to cultivate a strong sense of spirituality, morality and scholarship within the students, inspiring learners to graduate as able confident citizens and outstanding role models.’ The school is non-selective. The school provides both an Islamic and secular education. Pupils attend Islamic lessons in the morning and secular lessons in the afternoon. There is a compulsory homework session each evening. Pupils are taught mainly by female staff. Many of the teachers are former pupils at the school. The school does not make use of any alternative provision. The school does not have any pupils who have identified special educational needs and/or disabilities. No pupil has an education, health and care plan.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The school provides effective Islamic and secular education in a well-planned curriculum. Its Islamic ethos shapes all aspects of its work. Leaders, including governors, know the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They have improved the school. However, planning does not take a sufficiently long-term view. Leaders carefully audit how well the school meets the independent school standards (ISS) and the national minimum standards for boarding (NMS). These standards are met. The new governing body provides very effective governance. The proprietor is highly respected and challenges leaders. While leaders have clear roles, some are new to their roles and are still developing their skills. Pupils do well in internal tests and external qualifications. They are very successful in most subjects. While results in mathematics have improved, these lag behind other subjects. Teaching is effective overall. However, there is some variability, for example when teachers do not challenge pupils well enough or build on pupils’ oral skills in learning. Homework is set but not recorded clearly. Relationships in the school are strong. Pupils have confidence in their teachers. Pupils are looked after very well in school and boarding. Safeguarding is effective, and pupils feel safe. Pupils’ attitudes and behaviour are very good indeed. Bullying is almost unknown. The sixth form is effective and improving. Students are successful in their learning and wider development. The school’s link with Preston’s College strengthens teaching. Boarding works well for pupils. However, as in the rest of the school, record-keeping is not streamlined. Boarders are sometimes not given opportunity to take safe risks. The boarding accommodation is suitable but rather austere. Compliance with regulatory requirements and national minimum standards for boarding schools The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’), the national minimum standards for boarding and associated requirements.