News and Information for Parents

Citizenship Day 2019

For more information click here.

Newsletter Summer 2019

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Enrichment Week 2018

For more information click here.

Gloucestershire Anti-Slavery Partnership School Assembly on Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking

Wednesday 9th October

Members of Gloucestershire Anti-Slavery Partnership (GASP) will be taking an assembly to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking on Wednesday 9th October 2019.

Modern Slavery

Posted: 01/10/19

Ramadhan Charity - Orphan Sponsorship

Alhumdulillah, pupils took part in an orphan sponsorship program for a Palestinian child and raised an impressive £848.41

£300 each will be given to each child as official sponsorship for a year and the remainder of the money will be passed on as gifts to both children.

Masha-Allah! A great achievement. Taqabbalallah!

Posted: 24th May 2019

Bloodhound Education Workshop

Monday 29th April 2019

Due to generous support form Renishaw, a leading additive manufacturing (3D printing) international company, the school was selected by for a free BLOODHOUND Education workshop day on Monday 29th April.

The workshop was aimed at year 7, 8 and 9 pupils and delivered in 1 hour workshops throughout the day, giving students an opportunity to explore technology and complete an engineering challenge.

Year 7 and 8 started with a presentation about additive manufacturing, watched a 3D printer at work and were then challenged to build their own bloodhound and test them to see which was the fastest.

Year 9 explored computational fluid dynamics and built models with K'nex.

We also had an inspiring assembly about the need for more girls in engineering roles, by Rebecca Bound from Renishaw.

Posted: 2nd May 2019

Year 11 Bake-Off Competition

Pupils from Year 11 have been learning about preparing starters, mains and desserts over the Term 4 (read more).

Crack The Code Competition

Our pupils from Years 7 -10 took part in the Crack the Code online Maths competition (read more).

Explore Learning Writers’ Awards

Pupils in Year's 7 - 9 will be taking part in this year's 'Explore Learning Writers' Awards'.

Nursing Experience Workshop

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding a nursing work experience workshop for students in Year 11 and above on Thursday 21st February from 9:15 – 13:15 at Cheltenham General Hospital in Sandford Education Centre, Gloucester, GL53 7AN.

If your daughter would like to attend, please follow the link below to book a place. Please note tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

If you are successful in gaining a place, you will receive an email on Thursday 7th February 2019 with a permission slip and code of confidentiality form which your daughter will need to complete and take along with her on the day of the workshop.

Posted: 18th Jan 2019

Christmas Assembly

Rev. Juliet Jensen will be taking Christmas Assembly on Wednesday 19th December.

Posted: 1st Dec 2018

Careers Fair @ The King’s School, Gloucester

As in previous years, Year 10 and 11 pupils will be visiting the Career's Fair at King's School, Gloucester on Tuesday 13th November.

A range of employers will be visiting to talk to pupils about possible career options.

Posted: 8th Nov 2018

Charity Week 2018

Monday 15th - Saturday 20th October 2018


Alhumdulillah, the school raised an impressive £2304.10 during Charity Week 2018.


This year Charity Week is supporting projects in 7 countries – Mali, Syria, South Africa, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan and India. The money raised will help support orphans and needy children in the form of education, child protection, medical care, mental health support, training, rehabilitation, maternity centres, water, food and vocational training, to mention a few.

Jazaakumullah Khair to everyone who supported the various fundraising events and a special mention to Maheen Khan & Mariam Qureshi for organising and overseeing the week' events.


The school will be taking part in Charity Week for Orphans & Needy Children (Insha-Allah), a volunteer-led campaign of Islamic Relief.

For more information, click here.

Updated: 05/11/18

Citizenship Lesson Workshops

30th October: Effective note-taking - Junior Adekoya

27th November: Pitching and presenting skills - Alice Vellender

4th December: Time-management skills - Zoe Everson

Cricket Coaching for Year 7 & 8 Pupils

Active Gloucestershire will be delivering a cricket coaching programme throughout Term 2 for Year 7 & 8 pupils.

Posted: 30th October 2018

Safeguarding Children Community Event

Saturday 13th October 2018, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Friendship Café – Chequer’s Bridge Centre, Gloucester GL4 6PR

Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls (Head teacher, Deputy Head and staff) attended a community safeguarding event on Saturday 13th October.

Safeguarding Children Community Event

Safeguarding Friendship Cafe

Educate Against Hate

The Department for Education has written to schools regarding a government resource available to schools and parents to support pupils against extremism.

The Educate Against Hate ( provides teachers, school leaders and parents with practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation. It includes information on the signs of radicalisation, what to do if you have a concern and how to develop resilience against radicalisation.

Posted: October 2018

Cracking The Code Finals

Masha-Allah, our team, 'The Gladers' were proud runners-up at the Finals held on Friday 22nd June at Crystal, London.

A super achievement and congratulations to the team:

Aaisha Garda
Ruqayya Garda
Zakirah Girach
Haudane Hassan
Habeebah Patel
Yousha Rahman

Dear Teachers,

A massive thank you for supporting teams from your schools in the first year of the Cracking the Code national competition.

We had a total of 91 submitted entries which went through to the shortlisting stage.

Expert (and very impressed) judges had a tough old time moderating and discussing the various merits of each fantastic entry.

Ten teams were shortlisted for the last stage of the competition – which saw these teams work with industry mentors to refine their ideas for the final stage.

The final event took place at Siemens’ sustainable future city exhibition and venue The Crystal in London.

Teams were asked to pitch their refined ideas to a panel of judges and the top teams were selected following all of the presentations.

First place went to team HMS Supernova from Elgin Academy, Inverness – who not only did a fantastic multimedia presentation which won the judges respect, but had flown 600 miles to take part in the event – which won everyone else’s. :O)

In second place – went to team The Gladers from Al Ashraf Secondary School for Girls – who also put a lot of effort and creativity in bringing their concept to life.

Team Gluppy from Chelmsford High School for Girls were given a special mention for the refinement and improvement of their concept during the final stage.

Over the next couple of days – you’ll all be receiving Certificates of Recognition for all teams who entered the competition. They have been sent by post so please do let me know if for any reason there’s an issue or they don’t arrive.

Thank you so much again for all of your hard work and we very much look forward to welcoming you back again next year for Cracking the Code 2019.

Thank you and all the best

A team from Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls, Gloucestershire, were announced as runners up for their escape room based in a museum in the year 3000, where participants have to crack the code to get out of the room before time runs out. This carefully designed entry included puzzles that felt really authentic to an escape room – including Morse code and Braille, providing a physical, sensory and logical experience of maths. (more)

cracking thecode

cracking thecode

Posted: 25th June 2018

Charity Week 2018

22nd - 28th October 2018

The school will be taking part in Charity Week for Orphans & Needy Children (Insha-Allah), a volunteer-led campaign of Islamic Relief.

Further information will be given to pupils in September, I A

Cracking The Code

Year 8 team The Gladers has been shortlisted for Cracking the Code Competition.

Friday 22nd June, Crystal, London Docklands.

Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Cracking the Code competition! You are invited to attend the awards ceremony on the 22nd June 2018 at The Crystal, London. Your team is one of ten that has been selected to take part in the awards ceremony event and present your idea to judges – and have a chance to win the competition.

The quality of entries was excellent. A specialist team of judges assessed the applications, including maths teaching experts such as Bruno Reddy, maths programme designers, technology specialists from Tata Consultancy Services and an escape room designer. Well done on being selected for the awards ceremony – this is a fantastic achievement.

The challenge

Cracking the Code is challenging young people to design their own escape room by applying their creativity, use of maths and collaborative problem-solving skills. The winning team will have their ideas brought to life and win £2,000 for their school. There will also be a prize for the runner up. Inspired by 'The Crystal Maze' and growth of ‘escape rooms’ we launched a nationwide youth challenge prize to design an escape room. The challenge is open to all Key Stage 3 students, and requires you to apply your creativity, use of maths and collaborative problem-solving skills.

Cyber First Competiton

The top 100 schools from the online round of the Girls Competition.

Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls is listed as 27th among the top 100 schools.

Congratulations to our Year 8 Pupils who took part. (Haudane Hassan, Ruqayya Garda, Asma Nandhla and Maryam Hussain)

Year 8 Visit to Friendship Café, Vintage Tea Party for the Elderly, Tuesday 27th March

Year 8 pupils will be visiting an event being held at the Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road for the elderly on Tuesday 27th March, 11:15am – 12:30pm. This supports work studied in Citizenship & Islamiat lessons centered around caring for the vulnerable and the elderly. Pupils will help serve food at the tea party and also interact with the elderly guests.

Posted: March 20th 2018

The Big Bang Fair, NEC, Birmingham

We will be taking Year 7 and Year 8 pupils to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 14th March 2018. (IA)

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: 9th March 2017

Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2018

Throughout the month of March we will be supporting the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2018. Marie Curie give care and support to people living with any terminal illness and their families, bringing light in the darkest hours.


Daffodils will be on sale in the school office in the mornings and at tuck-shop during break time. Please donate generously.

Posted: 27th February 2018

The Royal Air Force Careers Session

The RAF delivered a careers session on Wednesday 24th January.

RAF Careers Session

RAF Careers Session

We are grateful to Squadron Leader Mr B. Ramsey for kindly visiting the school Headteacher to plan the careers visit and also offering a partnership to deliver some Citizenship lessons.


Updated: 27th January 2018

RAF World of Engineering


A free residential course during the summer holidays, 6th August - 10 August 2018 (5 days, 4 nights full board residential) is available (Girls Only) at RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton WV7 3EX.

Posted: 12th January 2018

Year 8 Box Fit Sessions

Year 8 pupils will be taking part in Box Fit (all-level intense circuit-training) sessions during their weekly PE lessons throughout this term, led by a professional coach.

Posted: 9th Jan 2018

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.

Updated: 8th December 2017

Year 11 Science Tuition Sessions

Mrs Gibbs (Science Teacher) will be offering extra practice at GCSE papers and exam techniques on Friday mornings at 8 am starting from Friday 24th November 2017.

Posted: 21st November 2017

Year 11 GCSE Geography Fieldwork

Year 11 pupils will be carrying out their geography fieldwork at the Gloucester Quays & Gloucester Cathedral on:

Monday 20th November 2017, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm  (IA)

The purpose of the fieldwork is to enable each pupil to gather enough information to be able to write up a piece of controlled assessment in school shortly afterwards. This is worth a certain percentage towards their GCSE grade in Geography.

Careers Advice at The King’s School, Gloucester

Years 10 & 11 pupils will be attending a Careers Advice session at The King’s School in Gloucester on Tuesday 14th November 2017.  (IA)

The aim the Careers Advice session is to increase pupil awareness of the wide range of jobs/careers available including apprenticeships.

We are grateful to The King's School for kindly extending an invitation.

Posted: 13th November 2017

Careers & C.V Clinic Workshop In Partnership with EDF Energy

Wednesday 8th November 2017

Employees from EDF Energy will conduct a C.V clinic & Careers session for our Year 11 pupils on Wednesday 8th November.

Pupils will have a personal session of 10 mins each to go through their C.Vs with industry experts followed by a whole-class presentation.

We are grateful to EDF Energy for very kindly supporting our Careers Program.

Posted: 3rd November 2017

Year 7 - Visit to Cheltenham Jewish Congregation

Year 7 pupils will be visiting a Synagogue in Cheltenham on Thursday 30th November as part of RE KS3 work on features of places of worship.

Posted: 3rd November 2017



We take this opportunity to congratulate Safiya Hassanjee (Year 9) for winning a gold medal award in Tae-Kwon-Do in Coventry on 28th October 2017.


A great achievement!

Posted: 31/10/2017

Orphan Sponsorship

As part of work in Hadith lessons, Year 7 pupils have launched a whole school Orphan sponsorship appeal over the next six months.

We are working with Interpal, Helping Palestinians in Need (Registered Charity) and the money will be used to sponsor a young Palestinian girl in Gaza.

For more information, click here.

Alhumdulillah, the school raised a total of:

  1. £300.35 - Lillah - general funds
  2. £150 - Zakaat

Posted: 5th October 2017

School Windows Replacement Project

Windows Appeal

Internal Exams

Internal exams for all Year Groups will commence from Monday 22nd May.

Islamiat Exams - Monday 22nd May - Friday 26th May.

Secular Subjects - Monday 5th June - Friday 9th June.

UK Junior Mathematical Challenge 2017

The school took part in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge (more info).

Helping you stay safe online

No doubt, everyone will have seen the recent attacks on many corporate IT systems, including numerous NHS health services. Though the ransomware looks to have targeted large corporations, the same attack could also hit home systems which generally are less protected. So, what should you do? Well the Al-Ashraf Schools IT Team (yes, we too had a panic, all hands to deck this weekend to check everything once over!!!) have put together a few tips, that hopefully will help you to stay that little bit safer. (read more)

Enrichment Week 2017

EnrichmentWeek 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.

Click here to find out more.

Fundrasier Dinner

Fundrasier Dinner

Al-Ashraf's Got Talent

Al-Asraf's Got Talent

Orphan Sponsorship

As part of work in Hadith lessons, Year 7 pupils have launched a whole school Orphan sponsorship appeal over the next six months.

We are working with Interpal, Helping Palestinians in Need (Registered Charity) and the money will be used to sponsor a young Palestinian girl in Gaza.

Click for further information.

Posted: 15/03/2017

St. James Church Visit, Friday 24th March

Year 7, 8 & 10 pupils will be visiting St. James Church, Upton Street as part of their KS3 RE work on Christianity.

Our thanks to Rev. Juliet Jensen - Vicar , Parish of St James and All Saints and Christ Church for kindly accommodating our visit.

Posted: 13th March 2017

Year 9 Visit to Kidney Research UK Awareness Display @ Kings Walk Shopping Centre

Thursday 9th March 2017

Al-Ashraf Pupils were invited by Geoff & Lilly Gidley (Kidney Research UK) to attend a display at Kings Walk Shopping Centre to raise awareness of kidney health and organ donation.

Mrs & Mrs Gidley came in to school for an assembly on this topic on Monday 30th Jan.

Posted: Thursday 9th March 2017

Year 10 Sports @ GL1

Year 10 pupils will have PE lessons during Term 4 @ GL1.

Activities will include:

  • Basketball
  • Self-defence
  • Indoor Gym Athletics

Posted: 9th March 2017

British Science Week

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

AASSG will be taking part through the following activities:

  1. Years 7 & 8 trip to "The Big Bang Festival" at the NEC on 15th March.
  2. 12 pupils in years 9 & 10 are taking part in the "Girls cyber challenge".
  3. Year 11 are attending the NEC Careers (including Scientific ones) Fair at the NEC the week before.
  4. Half of year 7 are taking part in the EDF Engineering challenge the following week.

Posted: 27th Feb 2017

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

Engineering Challenge @ EDF Energy, Barnwood

Tuesday 21st March 2017

EDF Energy has invited our school to this year’s Engineering Challenge. This is an annual competition for year 7 students held at EDF Energy Barnwood.

The Engineering Challenge is a one-day event sponsored by the Adopt-a-School programme at Barnwood. The day involves students working in a team with other students from the Gloucester area to solve an exciting challenge. It is an opportunity for students to improve their team working and problem-solving skills and get an insight into engineering. It will also allow students to get an introduction to robotics and programming as well as inspiring them in the world of engineering!

Posted: 22nd Feb 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

Careers, Apprenticeships & Universities Fair @ The NEC

Year 11 will be visiting The What Career Live show at the NEC, Birmingham, on Friday 3rd March 2017.

The What Career Live? show takes place in London and Birmingham in 2017 and will help school leavers decide what to do next, whether it's an apprenticeship, training programme or heading to university after A Levels.

What Career Live? is co-located with its sister show, What University Live? which will help school leavers identify and select which university they wish to apply to, and give parents the opportunity to find out more about how much it will cost, whether it's 'value for money' and the truth about student fees and debt.

World Braille Day 4th January 2017

Braille Quran Appeal

A total of £446.35 was raised for this worthy cause.

JK to all who donated.

Braille Quran Appeal

The Royal British Legion -
Support Poppy Appeal 2016‎

Poppy Appeal 2016‎

UPDATE: A total of £81.26 was raised.

JK & Thanks to everyone who supported the appeal.

The Royal British Legion helps war veterans, their families and dependents all year-round. Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion's work through the Poppy Appeal, coinciding with remembrance events during the second week in November.

As in previous years, the school will again be supporting the British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal in aid of war veterans and their families.

Poppies, wristbands & reflectors are available to purchase from the school office and we encourage all pupils to support this worthy appeal by purchasing any of the following items:

  • Poppys
  • Wristbands
  • Reflectors

Boxfit Sessions for Year 9 and Year 11 Pupils at MY:UK

As part of their PE lessons, Year 9 and Year 11 pupils are attending boxfit sessions over the next few weeks at MY:UK. A specialist trainer has been arranged to deliver the sessions.

Posted: 01/12/16

Dementia Event at Friendship Cafe - Year 11

Year 11 pupils will I.A be attending and presenting work at an event organised by the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning group which hopes to inform BME communities about Dementia on Wednesday 16th November 2016.

The event will address the myths, facts and fears about Dementia and how to seek help and support. The pupils’ role on the day will be to inform others about their participation in the Intergenerational Dementia Project and how their perceptions of Dementia have changed as a result of it.

We will also be presenting why both, Islamic values and British values, hold a great onus of care in the community and how that has been one of the contributing factors which lead the school to participate in this ongoing project.

The event is due to be held at the Friendship Café, Chequers Bridge, on Painswick Road.

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)

School Boiler System

Updated 25/08/16: Alhumdulillah, new boiler system has been installed. Jazaakallah Khair to all those who donated.

ICT Suite

Updated 05/05/16: Alhumdulillah, we have raised the required money and received delivery of computers. Installation will take place during summer holidays, Insha-Allah. Jazaakallah Khair to all those who donated.

Prevent Session for Year 10 & 11 Pupils

Wednesday 27th April 2016

PC Julian Dickens & PC Kelly Mansell delivered an interactive presentation on preventing extremism and radicalisation.

The presentation included a short video called SMART which integrates internet safety, vulnerability in relationships, the importance of talking with parents and the sometimes negative effect that peers can have on ones behaviour.

The presentation was well received by pupils who responded very positively to the informative session.

Our thanks to PC Julian Dickens & PC Kelly Mansell for taking out their time and coming in to speak to our pupils.

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

Bishop Rachel visited the school on Monday 18th April. She met staff & pupils and delivered a short assembly. We thank Bishop Rachel for very kindly accepting our invitation.

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

Visit By The Bishop Of Gloucester

Latest News from the Diocese of Gloucester

Bishop Rachel visits Al-Ashraf School

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, spent some time at the Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls this week.

Headteacher Mufti Abdullah Patel showed Bishop Rachel around the school and introduced her to the 75 students who currently study there.

Mr Patel was one of the founding members of the school, in 1994 when the school was set up by people wanting to encourage young Muslim girls’ aspirations. Many girls from the school now go on to take up places at the local grammar schools and the academic results are above the national average.

Bishop Rachel talked to the girls about her role including her position in the House of Lords, where she acts as an advocate for people of all faiths.

The girls asked her a number of questions, including whether she had ever met the Queen and how she became a bishop.
Bishop Rachel said: “I would like to encourage you to become the person who you were created to be, to know how loved you are by God and how special you are.”

Mr Patel said: “I want to highlight to you how humble Bishop Rachel is, despite her role. This is something that we encourage in Islam.”

Source: Diocese of Gloucester

School Choir

The school choir has been invited to sing at the Citizenship Ceremonies, Coroner's Court on Tuesday 3rd May.

We are grateful to Ruth FitzJohn, Deputy Lieutenant for inviting Al-Ashraf Secondary School.

Cake & Savoury Sale In Aid of Alzheimer's Society

Year 10 pupils will be organising a cake & savoury sale on Thursday 4th & Friday 5th February to raise money for Alzheimer's society.

This ties in with the work they've been studying this term on Dementia.



Police Visit - RE: Citizenship Year 8

On Monday 22nd February 2016, community officers, PC Hannah and PC Julian, visited our Year 8 pupils for a Q&A session as part of our Policing in the UK module. The pupils had many questions to ask having already learnt about police duties and powers, policing regulations and having discussed about pupils' own views about their attitudes towards the police. The officers very kindly answered all of our questions, including questions on youth rights during stop and search, police job requirements, tackling racism in the police force, and general policing issues.

We look forward to having PC Hannah and PC Julian at the school again for further lessons on policing issues in the UK.

Intergenerational Dementia Project Assembly

Last term, our Year 10 and Year 11 pupils participated in the GHLL Intergenerational Dementia Project. The pupils were very fortunate to have many guest speakers to facilitate the project and they learnt a great deal on the topic.

As part of the project objective, Year 10 & 11 pupils presented a very informative assembly on Monday 7th March 2016 to staff, pupils and guests. 



Dear Maryam,

I hear the assembly went really well- I'm so pleased.

The girls are a fabulous group of conscientious, thoughtful young ladies and are a credit to the school.

It was a pleasure to spend time with them and I happy that they will spread the word regarding dementia!

Rachel Peak
Dementia Education Facilitator
2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Sherbourne House
Charlton Lane centre

First Aid Course

Pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11 completed an accredited First Aid Training course delivered by St John Ambulance on Monday 15th February 2016.

The Themes covered were:

  • Primary Survey
  • Resuscitation Adult Child & Infant
  • Recovery Position Adult Child & Infant
  • Choking Adult Child & Infant
  • Bleeding
  • Chest Pains

GCSE Maths Revision Sessions

Revision sessions will take place on Saturday mornings from 11am – 12.15pm commencing from Saturday 6th Feb.

Sponsored Silence in Aid of Bluecross for Pets

Some of the more talkative Year 10 pupils will be doing a Sponsored Silence on Thursday 28th January 2016 for Blue Cross for Pets.

£166.50 was raised.

Blue Cross Charity is an animal welfare charity helping sick, injured and homeless pets since 1897. It also treats sick and injured pets when their owners can't afford private veterinary.

Intergenerational Dementia Project
KS4 - Term 3

Intergenerational Dementia Project Letter

The overall aim of this project is to work towards the development of dementia friendly communities. The project will raise a greater awareness of dementia and the challenges it brings. We aim to help pupils appreciate the importance and difficulties associated with caring for people with dementia by looking at the significance of dementia on an ageing population and the negative attitudes towards the condition.

For more info click here.

Chelsea’s Choice Play on 25/11/15

The school will be hosting a theatre production called 'Chelsea's Choice' on 25th November to highlight the serious issue of grooming & Child Sexual Exploitation.

The play has been seen by thousands of young people & hundreds of professionals & has proven highly effective in:

  • Promoting Safe Internet Use
  • Identifying Risky Situations
  • Raising Awareness of The Grooming Process & the differing forms that it can take
  • Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing forms that it can take
  • Sign-posting relevant services

AlterEgo’s ‘Chelsea's Choice’ is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person's life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse. speechbubbleright

– Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

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

Brief history of the school building

Al-Ashraf Secondary School is located in the Old Widden Primary School building.

Click here to read a brief history of the building.

King's School Careers Fair

Friday 13th November

Our Year 11 pupils will have the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide range of companies as part of the popular King's School Annual Careers Fair to be held on Friday 13th November.


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.

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.

Click here for policy.

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.

New Common Inspection Framework

Our Head teacher will be attending (I.A) an important conference about the changes to the way Ofsted will inspect from September 2015.

The event will be held at:

The Bristol Hotel
Prince Street
Bristol, Bristol

From September, Ofsted will be introducing the new common inspection framework. This can be seen here: This builds closely on the changes made in school inspection over the past few years. When we consulted on the new framework last year, around eight in ten of the schools and parents who responded supported this approach.

The common inspection framework emphasises the impact of leaders’ work in developing and sustaining an ambitious culture and vision in the school. Inspectors will continue to place the effectiveness of safeguarding at the heart of every inspection. When considering pupils’ outcomes, inspectors will want to see that the pupils currently at the school are making good progress.

There will be a new judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare. This will include a focus on pupils’ confidence and self-assurance as learners, their pride in achievement and the impact behaviour has on outcomes. Inspectors will also look at how the school helps pupils make choices about the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training as they prepare for life and work in Britain today. 

The judgements about the effectiveness of early years provision and sixth form provision are now aligned with judgements on similar provision in other settings so that pupils and parents can make informed choices.

As ever, judgements made under the new framework are informed by judgements about compliance with the independent school standards. You will be aware that DfE introduced revised independent school standards in September 2014 and January 2015. It is DfE’s expectation that, in order to continue to be registered, every school must be compliant with the independent school standards.

British Values

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. The DfE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.’ (Read more)

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

Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

On Friday 17th July 2015 section 73 Serious Crime Act 2015 was enacted and FGM Protection Orders (FGMPO) came into force.

FGM is a criminal offence in the UK. It is a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls, involving procedures which include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time the mutilation is carried out, and later in life. (Read more)

Britain’s Lost Women

Tuesday 14th July marks an Annual Remembrance Day for ‘Britain’s Lost Women’, those killed as a result of honour based violence/abuse. This is a memorial day led by Cosmopolitan magazine and Karma Nirvana but is supported by a range of partners including national bodies. (Read more)

Remembering Srebrenica

During the Balkans conflict of 1992-1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was declared a UN Safe Area in 1993, under the watch of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

In July 1995, General Ratko Mladić and his Serbian paramilitary units overran and captured the town, despite its designation as an area “free from any armed attack or any other hostile act”.

In the days following Srebrenica’s fall, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves. Thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported and a large number of women were raped. It was the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. (Read more)

Ofsted & Curriculum Update

The Action Plan submitted following our emergency inspection in January still requires improvement in a few areas and Ofsted will be re-inspecting us next term.

School Governors met on Saturday 27th June to plan for the inspection and to ensure key areas identified for development, are ready in time for the inspection. We are also seeking guidance from Mrs Maqsood (our school development consultant & serving Ofsted inspector).

We request your duaas in this regard. Furthermore, we will be replacing Aqaaid lessons from September to R.E. where all major world faiths will be taught. This is to promote religious tolerance and to promote a better understanding of the communities we live with.