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Islamic Burnley school judged as ‘adequate’
AN Islamic day school in Burnley is offering an ‘adequate’ education for more than 100 pupils, according to inspectors.
But teachers at Rawdhatul Uloom, in North Street, have been told that they should look to challenge the most able students, Ofsted officials say.
Staff at the school, which caters for Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage youngsters, were also praised for their behaviour after a two-day visit in March.
Lead inspector Sarah Drake said that the pupils ‘developed a very strong moral compass and appreciation of life’.
The teaching of English and maths was considered sufficient and it was noted that attainment levels are broadly in line with national averages.
And for the Islamic curriculum it is said that ‘pupils achieve well’, as it lies at the heart of the school’s purpose and is supplemented throughout the day.
However Mrs Drake, who was accompanied by additional inspector Yusus Seedat, said that the youngsters did not have enough opportunities to interact with cultures and beliefs different from their own.
The school, which caters for four to 11-year-olds, has annual fees of £1,080 and the headteacher is Tokeer Bashir.
His leadership was said to be an improvement on when the school was last inspected in 2011 and the overall rating for the school is ‘adequate’.
Mrs Drake added: “This is a happy school. Pupils build good relationships with each other and with their teachers. They are keen to learn.”