Our last Ofsted inspection was during February 2009.
We achieved Outstanding in 5 out of 6 categories. Please browse through the Ofsted's official website for the full report or read below for an excerpt of our current report:
Purpose and scope of the inspection
"This inspection was carried out by Ofsted under section 162A of the Education Act 2002, as amended by schedule 8 of the Education Act 2005, in order to advise the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families about the school’s suitability for continued registration as an independent school."
Evaluation of the school
"Islamia Girls’ School has been successful in improving further its educational and pastoral provision since the last inspection. This is a consequence of rigorous self- evaluation, the combined expertise and commitment of the teaching staff and leadership, and the energetic support of its parents and teachers’ association (PTA). As a result, it meets its aims fully by providing an outstanding quality of education that enables students to make outstanding progress in their academic and personal development and prepares them exceptionally well for their future lives."
Quality of education
"The curriculum is outstanding. Its breadth has improved significantly to meet the needs of all students more closely. Results in the mathematics GCSE examinations having been consistently very high for the past few years; the school has put in place a programme of accelerated learning, preparing all students to take the examination early, the more able students taking it in Year 10 to follow a course at Advanced Subsidiary level (AS) in core mathematics and mechanics in Year 11."
"The history curriculum is developed fully in both Key Stages 3 and 4 and in 2008 history was the subject in which the largest proportion of students gained the highest grades in their GCSE examination."
"The careers programme now encompasses a wide range of visits from professionals including former students of Islamia now at Imperial College, and visits to universities and careers fairs. Consequently, students feel very well informed and extremely well supported to make the right career choices.""
"Owing to the indefatigable support of the PTA, ‘Friends of Islamia,’ who raised funds to purchase interactive white boards and a video camera, information and communication technology (ICT) is used in all subjects, and there is an ongoing training programme in place to help staff familiarise themselves with the new technology."
"The PTA has also contributed other resources which make a positive impact on students’ learning, such as science workshops."
"Teaching and assessment were good in the last inspection and they are now outstanding. Teachers work very hard as a cohesive team to ensure that students can fulfil their potential, which students acknowledge when saying, ‘Teachers want the best for us.’ The leadership has taken effective measures to improve further the coordination of the curriculum and ensure closer monitoring of the planning of subjects. Teaching is underpinned by excellent knowledge of subject areas and of students’ prior attainment, aptitudes and abilities. Teachers have very high expectations and plan challenging tasks that stretch students. In the most successful lessons, the teaching maintains a high level of challenge throughout and communicates enthusiasm for the subject."
"As a result of the outstanding curriculum and teaching, students make outstanding progress. The GCSE results of the last four years show that students attain exceptionally high standards in all subjects and that the school has improved its performance continuously over this period. Not only did all students gain A* to C grades in at least five subjects, including English and mathematics, in 2007 and 2008, but the 2008 GCSE results record 62% A*to A grades and 89% A* to B grades across all subjects.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the students"
"Islamia has improved its provision for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development significantly and it is now outstanding. The staff and students have reviewed together the principles underpinning the pastoral system and have agreed to promote the Islamic values of taqwa (God-consciousness), community, equality, compassion, integrity, courage and endeavour. Exploration of these principles in assemblies and the institution of ‘thought for the day’ in tutorials enhance students’ spiritual development, sense of identity and community spirit."