|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||04 July 2017|
|Address||Park Lee Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 3NY|
|Number of Pupils||176 (22% boys 78% girls)|
|Local Authority||Blackburn with Darwen|
|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
The school opened in September 2001 in Blackburn, Lancashire. The school is registered as an independent day Muslim faith school for up to 217 boys and girls aged from 11 to 19 years. Boys and girls are taught in separate buildings on the school campus. Currently, there are 161 pupils on roll, comprising 135 girls and 26 boys. This includes a small number of girls who are aged 17 or 18 years. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Pupils are of mainly Asian heritage. The school has an Islamic religious affiliation. Some pupils aspire to ultimately become religious scholars. The school follows the national curriculum and provides GCSE courses. It works within an ethos of Islamic values, beliefs, culture and tradition. The school also aims to help pupils to acquire ‘knowledge, skills and qualities, which will help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, morally and spiritually, so they may become independent, responsible, confident and considerate members of the community’. The school uses no alternative provision.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher and deputy headteacher lead the school in a calm and committed way. They model the qualities and high expectations that they have of their staff and pupils. They are excellent role models. Leaders have ensured that the school is compliant with all of the independent school standards. The personal development, behaviour and welfare of the pupils is outstanding. Pupils leave Markazul Uloom as mature, well-rounded young people who are able to make a positive contribution to their community and to wider society. Pupils’ behaviour around school is exemplary. They are extremely courteous and helpful. Visitors are made to feel very welcome. Pupils are happy in school. They benefit enormously from the family ethos. Mutually respectful, positive relationships are at the heart of the school’s success. Leaders take their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding very seriously. Leaders have created a culture where pupils’ safety and well-being is the top priority. During their time in school, pupils make at least good progress. The progress that some make in mathematics and English is exceptional. In 2016, the standards that pupils attained in most subjects were above national averages. Most pupils benefit from good teaching that enables them to learn successfully. However, some teachers do not use questioning effectively enough to check and develop pupils’ understanding. Not all teachers insist on a high standard of written work, particularly from the boys. The trustees have a clear vision for the future of Markazul Uloom that involves relocating to a new building in September 2018. They demonstrate a genuine commitment to the school. Their forward-thinking and outward-looking approach ensures that the school continues to improve. The school benefits from strong leadership. However, strategic leadership across the school as a whole is not as effective as it could be. In many ways, the girls’ and boys’ sections operate as separate schools and opportunities are missed to share good practice. 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 the associated requirements.