Bolton Muslim girls school one of the top schools in the country

Bolton Muslim Girls School was praised by Ofsted (photo taken by The Bolton News)

An Islamic school for girls has been praised by government inspectors after their report indicated that it was “near perfect.”

Bolton Muslim Girls’ School (BMGS) is one of the top schools in Bolton and now it is competing with other schools in Britain as one of the best in the country after Ofsted inspectors marked its academic achievements as “outstanding.”

The all girls’ school was given the highest possible mark by Ofsted that found it to be close to perfect.

Inspectors stated in the report: “Achievement is outstanding. From starting points when they join the school in year seven, all students and groups of students make exceptional progress across all years and a wide range of subjects. They reach standards which are well above national averages by the time they leave school.”


5 Pillarz made contact with local worshipers and residents in Bolton to get their feedback on BMGS’s exceptional Ofsted report.

A regular worshiper at Zakariyya Central Mosque, Zafar Ali said: “The Ofsted report has made the Muslim community in Bolton very proud of our girls and they have set a benchmark for other schools in the country to follow. The governing body, the head teacher and the pupils should give themselves a big pat on the back for such an achievement.”

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Imran Alom of Darul Uloom on Willows Lane said: “This is a fantastic achievement and clear proof that faith based schools can exceed government expectations of academic excellence.”

Local resident and youth worker, Asghar Arshad said: “I think proud, happiness and hope are the three words that best describe the feelings of the Muslim community in Bolton. Bolton Muslim Girls’ School’s near perfect report is evidence that religion can still play a significant role in its positive input to British society which at the moment is failing in many aspects.”


All areas of the school’s achievement, teaching, behaviour and leadership, were given a “grade one” score which indicates they were “outstanding.”

Ofsted said: “A distinctive feature of this school is the success it achieves in blending the academic progress of the students with their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Inspectors added: “This, coupled with the enrichment opportunities, including weekly community service activities for pupils, had created a cohesive and caring society where students recognise their responsibilities to those in the school and the wider community”

Headteacher Mubaaruck Ibrahim was specifically praised by the inspectors and described in the report as “skilful and inspirational guidance.”

Ofsted also highlighted how with the support of a consultant, governors had identified areas of development and undergone training. Bolton Council issued the governing body with a formal warning notice over “a number of concerns about the governance” last year.

Inspectors included in the report that the governing body has a good understanding of the school’s performance and provides strong support to the headteacher. Ofsted stated that the only area of improvement was to “build on the outstanding practice in teachers’ marking.”

Mr Ibrahim said: “To be graded outstanding in all categories is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, learners, governors and trustees and the support of our parents and local community. The past six years have been an amazing transformational journey for Bolton Muslim Girls’ School from independent school status to an outstanding school.”

Chairman of Bolton Muslim Welfare Trust, Gulam Patel said: “All involved in the school have worked enormously hard. Bolton can be proud.”  

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