CAIRO - Prominent model Islamic Schools in Britain have been placed as the highest achieving learning institutes in different British districts, achieving some of the highest results in the country.
They are achieving amazing results with some of our most vulnerable learners - those who have done poorly at primary school and those who are in foster care or from low-income families, Hamid Patel, Principal of Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School, told The Muslim News on Friday, February 22.
Students and staff at Tauheedul Islam Girls' School, in England's industrial town of Blackburn, celebrated the publication of the school league tables last month, which placed the school as the highest achieving in Blackburn with Darwen in North West England.
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The amazing results showed that 95 per cent of students achieved 5+ A*-C (including English and Maths), while 76 per cent achieved the newly introduced English Baccalaureate.
This outcome of 76 per cent places Tauheedul top nationally of all non-selective schools.
Statistics from the Department of Education also confirmed that Tauheedul is the best school in the country for achievement by students with low prior achievement at primary school.
The majority oof students from with low prior achievement; 93 per cent, achieved 5A*-Cs (including English and Maths) at Tauheedul, nationally, just 7 per cent of students achieve this result.
The outstanding results put the school as one of the highest achieving in the country.
Tauheedul is ranked the best non-selective school nationally for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who achieve the English Baccalaureate, with 68 percent achieving this measure.
This achievement is not the first for the school which was awarded many titles over the past year.
Last March, the school was shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year' by the Times Educational Supplement annual awards.
In May, the school was rated as outstanding following an Ofsted inspection, the first and only secondary school in the Borough to receive such an award.
In their report, inspectors praised highly effective teaching, a culture of high expectations and exceptionally polite and considerate students.
In London based Tayyibah Girls' School, the school has topped 22 schools in Hackney with a whopping 100per cent of all of students achieving 5 + GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and Maths) a 17 per cent improvement on its 2011 results.
The outstanding results were not exclusive to Muslim girls' school as co-educational Islamic schools topped the schools' league table as well.
I am delighted that the hard work of our Year 11 pupils and their teachers has been rewarded with such an outstanding set of GCSE results, said Aisha Chaudhry, headmistress of the co-ed Al-Khair Secondary School.
At Al-Khair School we continually strive to stretch all of our pupils.
Al-Khair school along with the Church of England affiliated Trinity School in Shirley topped Croydon's league table by accomplishing a 100 per cent 5 + A*-C (including English and Maths) pass rate.
Chaudhry added the school enjoys promoting academically challenging subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as the other entire English Baccalaureate GCSE subject.
We are confident that our pupils will leave our school with a competitive advantage. Equally important for us, however, is the belief that pupils who leave our school understand that academic excellence is only meaningful if used to benefit society and indeed humanity, he noted.
British Muslims are estimated at 2.5 million.
There are 400,000 Muslim students in British schools, according to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).
About 7,000 state schools in Britain are faith schools - roughly one in three of the total - educating 1.7 million pupils.
Of the 590 faith-based secondary schools five are Jewish, two Muslim and one Sikh - the rest are Church of England, Roman Catholic and other Christian faiths.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net