Darul Uloom 'Outstanding'
Winning the acclamation of Britain’s chief education watchdog, a Muslim boys’ school drew praise for its excellence in combining religious and secular studies while helping develop its students’ basic knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Darul Uloom Islamic College, in Bury is “good with some outstanding areas,” a report by chief education inspection body Ofsted said.
Visiting the school last month, inspectors found that the students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth was “outstanding.”
“Teachers have secured subject knowledge which ensures that students learn new skills and concepts proficiently,” the Ofsted report said.
“The brisk pace of lessons enable students to focus on learning and their excellent behavior contributes positively to the learning and the good progress they make in both their religious and secular studies.
“Boarders say they feel safe at the school and are very supportive of each other.”
The report also recorded a rise in the school’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) results over the past few years, with more students reaching higher grades in a broader range of subjects.
The Ofsted also lauded the education environment provided by the school, saying inspectors were impressed to find students remain “totally focused” in lessons.
Established in 1979, Darul Uloom is an independent residential school for Muslim boys aged 11 to 23.
It offers secondary secular and further education as well as advanced Islamic education.
Delighted at the Ofsted’s acclamation, Headteacher Sheikh Abdul Rahim Limbada has spoken of his pride of the school, its staff and students.
“I’m delighted with the Ofsted judgment on the school.” Limbada said.
“I would like to thank all the staff for their commitment and dedication and also the pupils for their outstanding behavior, discipline and enthusiasm which has allowed the school to prosper as judged by Ofsted.”
Limbada said that the inspectors’ praise also gives evidence of the successful methodology the school adopts in its extra curricula.
“The report recognizes not only the quality of the teaching and learning at the school but also the extra curriculum choices which prepare our students for full participation in society once they leave the school,” he explained.
Shakir Ahmed, Director of Passion Islam, commented “This news comes at a time when mainstream media have all but waged a war against such Islamic schools. The mainstream media have demonised establishments like Darul Uloom as being detrimental to our children’s wellbeing. However, we now have proof that Islamic schools do work and can be very much a part of a integrated British society.”