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:
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)
Following a monitoring visit by HMI on 11th November 2015, Ofsted has issued their final report which concludes that the school meets all requirements of The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014.
We take this opportunity to thank all our staff for their dedication and effort.
Click here for the report.
Updated 25/08/16: Alhumdulillah, new boiler system has been installed. Jazaakallah Khair to all those who donated.
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.
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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.
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.
Some of the more talkative Year 10 pupils will be doing a Sponsored Silence on Thursday 28th January 2016 for Blue Cross for Pets.
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.
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.
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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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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
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:
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.
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.