East London Muslim girls’ school judged outstanding by Ofsted

Eden Girls' School in London

A Muslim girls’ school in East London has been judged to be “outstanding” by education inspectors Ofsted in its first inspection.

The East London & West Essex Guardian reports that Ofsted praised teachers at Eden Girls’ School in Walthamstow, saying they were prepared to “do whatever it takes to ensure that pupils achieve well, academically and socially.”

The Islamic secondary school opened in 2014 and currently has over 300 pupils in Years 7 to 10. A sixth form is expected to open next year.

Inspectors visited the school in April and noted the girls’ “behaviour is impeccable” and their attendance is high. It also said that students make “rapid progress” which is above the national average in all subjects.

The school received “outstanding” ratings in all categories such as effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcome for pupils.

The report said that parents expressed a “high level of satisfaction” with the teachers’ commitment to the students. It noted the staff’s alertness to safeguarding concerns means pupils are “safe from harm.”

Shahina Ahmad, Principal, said: “We are naturally delighted to have been awarded the highest possible Ofsted rating. It’s a reflection of the dedication and hard work of all our staff, governors and pupils and also their parents’ support.

“What is incredibly pleasing are the inspectors’ very positive comments about our leadership programme. For Eden Girls’ to be recognised as a school that is equipping its pupils with the values and skills to have a fully participative role in modern Britain makes me very proud.”

The school is run by Tauheedul Education Trust (TET), a not-for-profit multi-academy trust.

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