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)
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)
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
Dear participants of the Engineering Challenge 2017,
I am just getting in touch on behalf of Emily, the Adopt-a-School Programme and myself to give you a big thank you for attending the event and doing so with such enthusiasm.
I was so impressed by the behaviour of all students throughout the day and it was a joy to work with them. I was a little apprehensive when I saw the scale of the task facing the student’s, but they all attacked it admirably and solved problems along the way with their team and new friends. The machines which they built were far beyond mine and the judge’s expectations for the day. My personal highlight was the presentations given by the students in a lecture theatre - a daunting task - but all students got involved and really excelled. The judges called the scoring ‘incredibly tight’ and we are all in agreement that everyone involved can be very proud! Most importantly, it looks like everyone taking part had a fantastic time and enjoyed themselves.
It was also great to meet the teachers, see them enjoying the day, getting involved, and also showing an interest in EDF Energy. Thank you for your co-operation and patience. I will be in touch at a later date with a feedback form and to share any of our internal feedback and comms which may be of interest.
I will send you photos soon. Our current plans are to select the best ones and issue them out to all schools so you can look back on them and use them within your school.
If there is anything else from our end then please do get in touch with myself or Emily (cc’d). The Adopt-a-School Programme is only a small team but we’d also love to hear what you’re up to and if you have suggestions for events in the future.
Thanks again and I hope to hear back from you soon,
Industrial Placement Student
Nuclear Technology Branch, Fuel Group
‘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.
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Year 10 pupils will have PE lessons during Term 4 @ GL1.
Activities will include:
Posted: 9th March 2017
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.
Pupils were first taken to King's School where they had an introduction to UCAS courses website so that they can start researching which courses they may want to do in order to make sure they choose the correct A levels and don't close down any options for later on.
Then they listened to a presentation about how to use their time well at the show. It included advice about thinking about apprenticeships as well as University courses.
At the show the girls spent lots of time in conversation with stall holders involved in manufacturing, healthcare, the Services, technical trades and consulting as well as talking to Universities. Some of them attended a workshop on how to succeed at interviews others being coached about CV writing.
Thanks to King's School, Gloucester for kindly taking our pupils along with them to the NEC.
Posted: 6th March 2017
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:
Posted: 27th Feb 2017
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
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
A special careers assembly on apprenticeships will take place on Friday 3rd February.
Delivered by Khadijah Pandor.
A total of £446.35 was raised for this worthy cause.
JK to all who donated.
As in previous years, our Year 10 & 11 pupils had the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide range of companies as part of the popular King's School Annual Careers Fair held on Friday 18th November 2016.
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.
We thank King's School for very kindly inviting us.
Posted: Jan 2017
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. http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
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:
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)
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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.
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.