Muslim school does not prepare pupils for life outside Islam – inspectors
An Islamic boys’ school in Sheffield was criticised by inspectors last week for not preparing its pupils for life outside the Islamic world.
The private Jamia Al Hudaa school in Tinsley provided good teaching in “Islamic sciences” and in Arabic, said the inspectors, but secular lessons were not yet effective enough and pupils had a very limited understanding of faiths and cultures different from their own.
The school opened in 2002 in the former Park House Secondary and has 64 boys aged from 11 to 16 – three quarters of them boarders with pupils coming from across the UK and a few from overseas. Islamic studies are taught all morning with a secular curriculum in the afternoon, and the inspectors' visit was the first time the school had been independently assessed. They found the school was failing to comply with official regulations in terms of teaching the National Curriculum to the required quality and in providing PE lessons.
The school was also not meeting requirements in respect of the pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and has been called upon to give them a broader general knowledge of the nation’s public institutions and services. Inspectors found that the boys’ behaviour was good, as was their attendance and they were safe and well cared for.
1) Muslim school does not prepare pupils for life outside Islam – inspectors