Ofsted Inspection November 2017

Cover Letter

Ofsted Report

Welcome to Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls (formerly Gloucestershire Islamic Secondary School), a non-selective school established in 1994 by the Gloucester Muslim Welfare Association Ltd and now under the proprietorship of Al-Madani Educational Trust. (Registered Charity No. 1134963)

Since its humble beginnings in 1994 with two classes and 36 students, Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls has evolved into a successful secondary school providing a high standard of secular and Islamic education. Our GCSE results have continued to improve over the years and are well above local and national averages. (See Exam Results)

With the advantage of small class sizes, dedicated staff, outstanding pupil behaviour and positive attitudes to learning, we have the perfect mix to raise academic standards regardless of pupils' starting points. Students are assessed regularly through homework, class tests and end-of-year exams. At the end of Year 11, pupils have an opportunity to attain eleven GCSE passes. Most of our pupils go on to study A-Levels at local sixth forms.

Over and above our academic provision, we take pride in our safe, caring and moral & spiritual environment where pupils are nurtured to develop good Akhlaaq (morals & manners) based on the noble teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). Our high expectations of behaviour and morals equip our pupils with the responsibilities of adult life in British society.

The school is fully committed to promoting fundamental British values of:

  • Democracy.
  • The rule of law.
  • Individual liberty.
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Our broad & balanced curriculum continues to be enhanced each year and we offer our girls excellent opportunities for personal development through a comprehensive PSHE/Citizenship programme, local visits, careers guidance, Islamiat curriculum & assemblies.

We are confident with Allah's help and mercy, the school will continue to flourish and succeed in its aims, Insha-Allah.

Rabbana Taqabbal Minna Innaka Antas Samee-ul-Aleem.

O our Lord, accept from us for You are the all-hearing, all-knowing. (Holy Qur'an)

Newsletter Winter 2017

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Citizenship Day 2017

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Enrichment Week 2017

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Cobalt Imaging Centre / Breast Cancer - Wear Pink - Fundraising Event

UPDATE: Pupils raised £283.85 for Cobalt Health and £323.34 for 'Wear it pink' Breast Cancer. Masha-Allah & Congratulations to our pupils for a super fundraising effort!

We are holding a fundraising event for Cobalt Imaging Centre on Thursday 23rd November 2017.


Cobalt is a medical charity founded over 50 years ago by Dr Fred Hanna and is leading the way in diagnostic imaging and helping to change the face of modern medicine. They support patients with cancer, dementia and other conditions. They also contribute and provide funding for research, which leads to a greater understand of disease, predominantly cancer and dementia.

We will also be holding Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday 24th November 2017.

All money raised will go towards the Breast Cancer Charity, Wear it Pink, which uses the money towards research into breast cancer.

Posted: 20th November 2017

Curriculum Enrichment Week 2017

‘Broadening Horizons’ – An outstanding initiative to enable pupils to experience a wide range of activities outside the classroom, develop key skills, enhance SMSC development and cross-curricular links.

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CyberFirst Girls Competition

Teenage girls from across the UK are being invited to pit their tech skills against one another in a GCHQ competition to find the best and brightest candidates to protect the nation from future cyber attacks.

GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan said:

"I work alongside some truly brilliant women who help protect the UK from all manner of online threats. The CyberFirst Girls Competition allows teams of young women a glimpse of this exciting world and provides a great opportunity to use new skills. My advice to all potential applicants would be enjoy the experience and I look forward to meeting some of you"

12 pupils in years 9 & 10 will be taking part. We wish them good luck!



Posted: 27th February 2017

The Big Bang Fair, NEC, Birmingham

Year 7's and Year 8’s will be visiting the The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 15th March 2017.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops, exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. Giving the pupils the chance to become a rocket scientist, create their own lie detector, meet a range of unusual animals, experience bouncing across the surface of Mars and take part in over 150 more hands-on STEM activities and workshops!

Posted: 22nd Feb 2017


A special careers assembly on apprenticeships will take place on Friday 3rd February.

Delivered by Khadijah Pandor.

3AAA Apprenticeship Presentation

3aaa Apprenticeships

Careers Fair at King's School on Friday 18th November

As in previous years, our Year 10 & 11 pupils had the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide range of companies as part of the popular King's School Annual Careers Fair held on Friday 18th November 2016.

Pupils making decisions about post 16 and post 18 education and employment choices are given the chance to talk about what qualifications you need to do specific careers along with other routes into a career, such as apprenticeships, work placement and on the job training.

Representatives from local colleges, the Police, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and the British Army as well large companies such as GE Aviation, GCHQ, Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust and Lloyds Bank, and representatives from professional organisations for accountants, geographers and linguists attend and offer professional careers advice.

We thank King's School for very kindly inviting us.

Posted: Jan 2017

Citizenship Day 2016 - Thursday 20th October 2016

Following a very successful day last year, we have organised another fun-packed day of different venues/activities to give our pupils opportunities to experience life outside the classroom. The visits also tie in with work studied in Citizenship and other subjects. (read more)

Pupils' Work

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School Visits

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School Magazine and Newsletter

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News and Information for Parents

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Online Safety Advice

At Al-Ashraf School we take the issue of Internet Safety very seriously and on these pages you will find information that will support you as parents/guardians.

Safer Internet Day

The Equality Act 2010

Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls complies with relevant legal duties as set out in the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. It promotes equality of opportunity and takes positive steps to prevent any form of discrimination, either direct or indirect, against those with protected characteristics in all aspects of their work.

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Safeguarding & Prevent Training

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy Head) attended a training session delivered by GSCB on Wednesday 14th October.

The training included:

New regulations including update on Disqualification by Association regulations

CSE - new protocol and screening tool

Children Missing Education (CME)


FGM protection orders

WRAP Training - Workshop for Raising Awareness of Prevent

Identifying Radicalisation Early and Ensuring the Protection of Vulnerable Children Within Schools

The school in keeping up with its obligations under the prevent duty has established formal links with the local Prevent Team. (PC Adam Large, Prevent Officer, Glos. Constabulary).

The Prevent Duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

We will be liaising closely with the Prevent Team for advice & support.

The school held a prevent training workshop for staff on Tuesday 1st September, which was delivered by Mrs Shahnaz Maqsood, Educational Consultant.

Our headteacher will be attending a session dedicated to Identifying Radicalisation Early and Ensuring the Protection of Vulnerable Children Within Schools on November 25th in Birmingham.

Topics covered during the presentation will include:

  • Safeguarding against radicalisation – working alongside schools and parents
  • Establishing a Young Leaders Programme to create community leaders amongst local youth
  • Combatting extremism in social media: ‘See it; Report it’
  • PEARLS (Positively Empowering And Reaching Limitless Strengths) a multipronged initiative that aims to engage vulnerable women in the community
  • Educating children about the dangers of radicalisation

Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales

Channel Duty Guidance - Protecting vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism

The Prevent Duty - Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers

An Introduction to PREVENT

Prevent On-Line Training

Certificate - Channel General Awareness Module

The e-learning includes information on how Channel links to the government's counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy. It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and how to refer them into the Channel programme.

Book Donations for School Library

We are appealing for book donations (Islamic & general fiction/non-fiction books) for our new school library.

If you have books suitable for secondary school age groups (11-16) and in good condition, please drop them off in the school office.

Jazakallah Khair