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Forum Muslim Schools 
Topic High Rated Muslim Schools by Ofsted 
Author Iftikhar 
Date Created 13/07/2014 16:23:34 
Message Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School has been given the top rating by Ofsted.
Students, staff, governors and parents at Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School are celebrating after Ofsted rated the school as ‘outstanding’. This judgement was made only a couple of weeks after their sister school, Tauheedul Girls, was also rated as ‘outstanding’ across the board.

A team of inspectors spent two days at the school in late March, observing lessons and talking to parents, staff and students.

In their report, inspectors praised many aspects of the school, saying:

“Students achieve outstandingly well. The proportion of students making better progress than expected from their individual starting points is exceptionally high. They achieve outstandingly well because teaching is consistently good with much that is outstanding.
“Behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Attendance levels are exceptionally high.
“The school is exceptionally successful in developing students’ speaking and communication skills.
“Teachers expect the students to work hard and give of their very best. They are rarely, if ever, disappointed with the response.
“The school prepares students exceptionally well for future success and life in a multicultural society.
“Parents are exceptionally supportive.
In their DFE press release the Schools Minister, Lord Nash, said:

“I congratulate staff and pupils at Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School on the publication of their first Ofsted report. Achieving this Outstanding rating in only their second year of opening is a fantastic achievement and all down to the exceptional hard work and determination of the teachers and pupils at the school. I am particularly impressed by the glowing comments Ofsted has made about their exceptional success in developing students’ speaking and communication skills, the way the school is preparing them for future success and life in a multicultural society, as well as pupils’ exemplary behaviour and attendance.

“This school is an excellent example of how the free school programme is offering pupils and parents a high standard of education in Blackburn, Lancashire and right across the country.”

The school’s Chair of Governors Mo Isap stated:

“It is wonderful for TIBHS to join its sister school in being recognised as an outstanding school by Ofsted. I would like to thank and congratulate all the staff, parents, carers, pupils and fellow governors for all the hard work, commitment and dedication that have led to TIBHS becoming an outstanding organisation in such a short amount of time.”

Please click below to read the Ofsted report

Ofsted Report – April 2014

Gatton Primary Press Release
Gatton Primary School in Tooting, Wandsworth is the first Islamic VA primary school in the country to achieve ‘Outstanding’ in all 5 areas- putting it in the 17% of all maintained primary schools in the country to have achieved the top grade from Ofsted. Gatton Primary School was awarded the highest rating following its latest inspection from the education inspectorate body Ofsted.

Ofsted praised the strong leadership in improving teaching and the impact this has had on learning. They noted how pupils display a thirst for knowledge and show great enthusiasm for learning, spurring learning and progress forward. The school has improved on its last Ofsted grading of ‘good’ in 2009. This huge improvement has been made despite the bar on standards being raised.

Head teacher Ms Rifat Batool said: “We have been striving to achieve the highest grade for the past few years. I believe in delivering high quality learning experiences as well as developing pupils who are well grounded in strong moral values. It is to this end that the whole school community has been striving to deliver the best – all day, every day. Everybody has played their part very well, from the staff to the children, parents and governors, and without them we wouldn’t be where we are.”

Inspectors found the quality of teaching, achievement and standards, behaviour of pupils and leadership and management to be of the highest standard, leading to the ‘outstanding’ grade being awarded in all areas.

Gatton School’s Ofsted report highlighted the following areas:

The head teacher and governors are highly ambitious for the school and are continually in the pursuit of excellence.
The school prepares its pupils very well for success in their future education. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
Attainment is above average and rising.
Teachers have high expectations and set work that is challenging for all groups of pupils.
The skilled team of support staff makes a major contribution to the pupils’ learning.
Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they are unfailingly courteous, thoughtful and polite to each other and adults.
The head teacher is relentless in her determination for the school to remain on a path of continuous improvement. She is surrounded by a strong team of senior leaders.
The governing body is highly effective and has an ambitious vision for the school’s future.
Ofsted confirmed that the frequent trips and visitors broaden the pupils’ experiences considerably, generating great enthusiasm for learning. Chair of the Board of Governors Mr Farouk Valimahomed said: “As a community we’re really delighted with this outstanding Ofsted rating. Together with the head teacher we shall continue to strive in our journey of excellence as we always aim for the best in all that we do.” In recognition of this great achievement the founding body of the school- the Al-Risalah Education Trust organised a celebratory dinner on Friday 21st March to thank the staff body for their exemplary efforts and achievement.

The Board of Trustees invited key members from Wandsworth Council which included Leader of the Council, Councillor Ravi Govindia, Councillor Kathy Tracey (Cabinet member -Education and Children’s Services) and the Director of Children’s Services Mr Paul Robinson.

The Board of Governors, staff, senior staff from other trust schools, community leaders and well-wishers from the local community also attended this event. Both Paul Robinson and Councillor Kathy Tracey addressed the event and spoke of the Council’s great joy and happiness with the school’s achievement. Chair of the Board of Trustees Sir Iqbal Sacranie also spoke and said: ”We are pleased that the vision articulated to the Council in 2002 -when submitting our VA application -has been accomplished. I believe the strong partnership between the Trust, governing body, head teacher, staff, parents, pupils, local community and the Local Authority has resulted in this remarkable success story.”

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