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‘meets all of the independent school standards that were checked during this inspection’
“pupils’ progress is speeding up with the large majority of Year 11 pupils achieving their targets in 2016”
(Ofsted, 13th September 2016)
We are delighted to inform you that following a monitoring inspection by Ofsted on 13 September 2016, Ebrahim Academy now meets all of the Independent School Standards. Outlined below the main points in the Ofsted Report.
Teaching and Learning
- Schemes of work have been rewritten and now meet requirements. In addition, the library has been restocked with appropriate fiction and reference books to encourage boys to read for pleasure and to broaden their interest in reading. The school’s own data shows that pupils’ progress is speeding up with the large majority of Year 11 pupils achieving their targets in 2016.
- Records are of lesson plans and regular discussion with teachers are kept and targets set to ensure that staff are held to account for the quality of their teaching and pupils’ progress. The school’s monitoring of teaching indicates that teachers are using prior attainment data and assessment information to plan their lessons, so that activities are set at the correct level for pupils’ abilities.
- During the inspection, the inspector, along with the headteacher, visited five classes and toured the school premises. Pupils were observed taking part in a range of creative and academic work that included drama, English, mathematics, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, and science. An appropriate range of resources and materials were available for the different activities to enable pupils to achieve well.
- In partnership with an independent company (KSM), the headteacher has developed a bespoke assessment system to meet the needs of the pupils at the school. In addition to providing information for staff, the new assessment system produces a very clear and helpful report to parents and carers regarding the progress, attendance and behaviour of their children. The school has recently introduced a reading age test in order to pinpoint more accurately any weaknesses in pupils’ reading so that support can be swiftly provided.
- Full and detailed information about the school’s academic performance is now published on the website. In addition, parents receive reports on their children’s academic progress three times a year.
- In 2015 all but one pupil proceeded to higher education. In 2016, all Year 11 pupils have been offered a college place. Pupils have gone on to study a range of courses including business and accounting, sports science, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. In addition, all key stage 4 pupils take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and in 2016 all pupils achieved the bronze award. This academic year, all pupils in Years 10 and 11 are commencing their silver award to enable them to be well prepared for the next stage of their education and life in British society.
- Leaders have ensured that all the required policies, including the safeguarding and child protection policy reflects the Secretary of State’s most recent guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (September 2016), are published on the school’s website.
- Leaders have been successful in addressing the remaining unmet parts of the standards, highlighted at the last progress monitoring inspection. Senior staff provided the inspector with a range of evidence to show the school’s regular and effective monitoring of the quality of teaching, and pupils’ learning and progress. The proprietor, headteacher and senior staff have ensured that all aspects relating to the standards concerning the quality of education provided and the provision of information, are now met. As a result, all the independent school standards are now met.
Alhamdulillah, this is a great news and reward from Allah for the effort and commitment of all the staff, students, parents and governors. May Allah reward everyone, especially parents for their continuous support and cooperation through the difficult times when many of the changes made, impacted parents adversely.
However, our effort to improve the school needs to continue, so that our students achieve the highest standards of education. I know that I will have the full support and cooperation of parents, students and all concerned stakeholders to make the school outstanding.
To view reports of previous Ofsted Inspections, please click on the links provided below.
September 2016 – Monitoring Inspection
November 2015 – Monitoring Inspection
March 2015 – Monitoring Inspection
October 2014 – Standard Inspection
These reports can also be viewed on the Ofsted website