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)
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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The school will be hosting a theatre production called 'Chelsea's Choice' on 25th November to highlight the serious issue of grooming & Child Sexual Exploitation.
The play has been seen by thousands of young people & hundreds of professionals & has proven highly effective in:
AlterEgo’s ‘Chelsea's Choice’ is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person's life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse. speechbubbleright
– Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People
Mrs Kalawati Patel & Mrs Savita Sethi from the local Hindu community will be taking assembly on Monday 9th November on the topic of the Hindu Diwali Festival.
This also supports Key Stage 3 RE work on studying festivals in different world religions and helps to promote mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
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
We have set aside Thursday 22nd October as school 'Citizenship Day' to give our pupils an opportunity to actively contribute to the local community and neighbourhood projects through various exciting initiatives.
Citizenship Day is about promoting community cohesion and engagement. It is also about supporting young people to feel valued as contributors and to understand and become more involved in society.
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Friday 13th November
Our Year 11 pupils will have the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide range of companies as part of the popular King's School Annual Careers Fair to be held on Friday 13th November.
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.
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Open Evening: Tuesday 6th October 2015 - 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
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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Alhumdulillah, the school has achieved another excellent set of results this year, which is a clear testimony to the effort of staff, pupils, parents and school governors. We thank Allah Almighty for this blessing and acknowledge and appreciate the dedication of all our teaching staff.
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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.
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.
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All spaces in Year 7 for the new Academic Year 2015/2016 have now been filled.
Please note: Parents can still apply, but their daughters names will now be put on the waiting list.
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.