|Name||Madrasatul Imam Muhammad Zakariya|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||05 November 2019|
|Address||Keswick Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 8LX|
|Number of Pupils||121 (100% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0.0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||0%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils who attend Madrasatul Imam Muhammad Zakariya are friendly and confident. They are proud to be British Muslims. They are prepared well so that they can make a valuable contribution to British society. Pupils achieve well across the curriculum.
Adults have high expectations of pupils. Pupils thrive and achieve very well personally and academically. Most go on to further education and professional careers.
Behaviour is excellent. Pupils are polite, thoughtful, hard-working and show impeccable manners. Pupils are considerate and caring towards each other. They show enormous respect for people outside of their faith and immediate community.
Pupils feel safe in school. They know that adults look after and care for them. Bullying is rare. If it should happen, pupils know that it would be dealt with quickly and effectively. Adults teach pupils how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations, including when using the internet or social media.
Pupils study a wide range of subjects such as English, mathematics, humanities and citizenship.
Parents and carers are very happy with the work of the school. They say their children are growing into young people that are self-assured and curious about life.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders have high expectations of pupils. They have thought carefully about what they want pupils to learn. Staff think about the skills, knowledge and understanding that pupils need to succeed academically. They have thought about the order of learning so that it helps pupils remember important information. Staff have created a demanding curriculum which prepares pupils very well for the future.
Teachers are experts in the subjects that they teach. Teachers are skilful in helping pupils to see connections in their learning. Pupils understand the topics that they study. For example, in English pupils pick out important themes within a story. Pupils build on this knowledge to look more deeply at the meaning of the text. They present what they have found out to their classmates maturely.
Teachers explain things to pupils clearly. Pupils regularly revisit concepts and topics that they have learned before. They practise new skills and try out their learning in different situations. For example, in mathematics pupils enjoy using what they know about percentages and fractions to set up and manage the finances of charity events.
Teachers know pupils well. They plan interesting activities for them. Pupils gain confidence across the curriculum in a range of topics because of the effectiveplanning of the curriculum. For example, in citizenship pupils analyse human rights and international law with confidence.
Staff work to ensure that all pupils achieve their very best. Most pupils attain above those of a similar age nationally in their GCSE examinations. Teachers are quick to notice any pupils who struggle with their learning. They give valuable support to most pupils. Occasionally support for low-ability pupils does not help them to catch up quickly enough.
Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary, and bullying is rare. Pupils help to make sure that everyone is valued. For example, older pupils look after younger ones. Pupils have very positive attitudes and they want to learn. They are studious and highly motivated.
Pupils learn about different faiths and cultures. They understand the importance of respect and tolerance for cultural differences. Pupils are actively involved in several community projects such as working with the homeless and the elderly.
Staff develop pupils’ positive mental health. Pupils enjoyed a mental health day with visiting speakers. Pupils appreciate the care that staff give them. However, they say that they would like additional support to help them manage situations which cause anxiety.
Pupils receive a wide range of careers advice and guidance. Pupils told us that when they get information it is very helpful. However, they would appreciate information and guidance much earlier on in their school careers. This is so that they can make a more informed choice for their next steps. The careers leader is new to role and recognises that there is more to do to improve this aspect of the school’s work.
The school has a one-year sixth form. This is to cater for the final year of Islamic studies. Leaders have thought carefully about the curriculum that it offers students post 16. It offers a balance of subjects and opportunities for students’ wider development. Students told us that the sixth form prepares them well for their next steps in education, employment or training. Many students go on to further education and careers in teaching, medicine, the law or accountancy.
The building is well maintained, clean and well resourced. Leaders are aware that there is limited outdoor space for physical education (PE) and for pupils to get fresh air at breaktimes. However, leaders ensure that pupils access PE every week. Pupils explained to us that they go outside ‘rain or shine’.
Leaders ensure that they follow all health and safety requirements, including fire regulations and risk assessments. Leaders keep parents well informed about the work of the school. Policies are available to parents and others. The complaints policy is fully compliant. The school has a suitable plan that describes how pupils with a disability can fully take part in the school’s curriculum.
The proprietor, who is also the chair of the board of trustees, ensures that theindependent school standards are met. School leaders and the board of trustees are clear about their roles and responsibilities. They regularly review the standards to ensure that they are being consistently met.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
There is a caring and nurturing ethos in the school. The safeguarding of pupils is important to all staff. Leaders make sure that all policies and procedures are in placeand that everyone knows them in detail. The safeguarding policy is available to parents from the school office. The record that outlines the checks on the suitability of staff to work with pupils is complete and fully compliant.
Leaders are confident to act if they are concerned about a pupil. There is strong pastoral care available. Staff ensure that pupils and their families are well looked after and supported.
What does the school need to do to improve?
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Leaders and teachers support most pupils well when they need help with their work. However, staff need to make sure that they support lower-ability pupils who may be falling behind. Leaders should ensure that appropriate strategies are put into place so that these pupils can access the curriculum as quickly as possible when they are struggling. This is so that lower-ability pupils can achieve their full potential. . Leaders ensure that pupils understand mental health issues. However, they need to find more opportunities for pupils to regularly and safely talk about their feelings. They need to offer more advice and guidance to help pupils to cope with the stresses they face. . Although career guidance and advice are available to pupils, they need improving. Pupils should receive high-quality information, advice and guidance much earlier on in their school career. This is so that they are better equipped to make informed choices and decisions about their future.