We try to provide our students with an education that compares with the best from the National Curriculum together with a most excellent tarbiyyah in Islam. Our students are proud to be Muslim but are equally proud to be ambitious young adults, eager to make their mark on the world.
With this in mind, we are committed to cultivating within our students the desire to explore their interests in a wide variety of ways and promote critical thinking. A spirit of endeavour is actively promoted by providing opportunities and support for students to transcend their perceived limits, our dedicated teachers go beyond their normal duties to help the students reach their goals. In fact, some of our students not only take their GCSE examinations early, but also take AS levels whilst still at secondary school level.
A wide range of subjects are available for study at GCSE level, and students normally take at least 10 GCSEs in Year 11.
All subjects are presented within an Islamic ethical framework. As well as the GCSE Islamic Studies, Quran is regularly taught throughout in which students learn about all aspects of the Qur’anic Sciences. As a gateway to understanding the Qur’an, Arabic is also provided for all students regardless of previous knowledge. Native speakers take the GCSE early in year 9 or 10, while non-Arabic speakers are taught separately and take the GCSE in year 11.
To prepare our girls to be valued members of society Citizenship is an integral part of our curriculum. It is delivered through weekly Tutorials, assemblies and time table sessions and leads to a short GCSE qualification. And to develop physical well-being, P.E. is offered once a week in a secure and equipped gym. Students follow a structured programme over 5 years to involve them in a wide range of sporting activities.??
In Year 10, students have the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the business world by taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Scheme where they set up and manage their own company, and compete with other schools in local and regional competitions.
In 2007, our girls won the Special Award for their enterprise, masha’allah!
Assessment & Reporting
Regular assessment is used to monitor learning and ensure progress at every stage. Attainment levels achieved at any one stage are used to predict desired progress at the next level. The 2 main points of reference are the Key Stage 2 SATs, and the GCSEs. The school monitors the ‘value added’ at both stages and endeavours to ensure that this is well above the national average. ??Continuous assessment takes place in the form of regular marking of homework, classwork and periodic tests. Feedback is given to parents in Interim and End-of-Year Reports, and Parents Evenings held twice a year. At our school we operate an ‘open door’ policy where parents are welcome to meet with any member of staff by appointment if they have any particular concerns.??As well as academic progress, the school keeps a record of attendance, punctuality and behaviour supported by rewards and sanctions. We operate a House system by which pupils gain house points, weekly commendations and Annual Awards for excellence in any aspect of school life. For more information please go to ‘House System’
We believe that our pupils should both work hard and play hard, and we set great store by the wide range of out of classroom activities which are offered to students. If students ever feel they want to start a club or new activity, they are encouraged to be proactive and put forward a proposal to the Headteacher. Please see our ‘Activities’ page.