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Contents • Introduction • Uniform • Code of conduct • Welcome • Subjects Taught • Health, welfare & security of • Admissions • Hifz pupils • School Day • Learning outside of the class- • Attendance • Behaviour And Discipline room • How to find us
• Madrassah 2000 pupils, children from 5 years to 16 years Introduction • Abu Bakr Masjid Providing Salah facilities for over 1500 worshippers, The Abu Bakr Trust was formed in 1998 under the stewardship of Moulana adult classes and alima classes as well as a range of services for the Muhammad Luqman at 156 Wednesbury Road, Walsall. community The Abu Bakr Trust now runs: • The Abu Bakr Boys School prospectus is a brief and informative guide • Abu Bakr Nursery Established in 2011, children from 6 months to 4 to our organisation, staff and services. Established in September 2006, years Abu Bakr Boys School is a sizeable school with almost 150 pupils on roll, and is increasing in numbers each year. We hope by reading • Abu Bakr Primary Established in 2009, Children from 5 years to 8 years through our prospectus you will consider registering your son at the • Abu Bakr Girls School Established in 2000, girls from 11 years to 16 school and join our growing community. years • Abu Bakr Boys School Established in 2006, boys from 11 years to 16 years
Abu Bakr Boys School was opened in September 2006 and has a capacity of up to 300 pupils. The site was purchased in 2004 and was previously known as the North Walsall Junior School. As well as teaching the national Curriculum subjects, the school runs an Islamic Curriculum in the mornings where most chil- dren follow a Hifz programme. We were judged as Good in our last Ofsted Inspection. “Leaders make pupils’ personal development a high priority. They provide an impressive range of wider curriculum experiences to ensure that pupils devel- op into responsible, confident individuals who value the importance of education.“ “School leaders have created a strong climate for learning where pupils value their education. Consequently, most pupils are determined to succeed and work hard during lessons.” Ofsted 2018
support them in becoming independent learners. We expect our Welcome To Abu Bakr Boys School pupils to achieve the very best results they can, as well as becoming rounded, confident and responsible young British Muslims who con- tribute positively to their respective community and society as a Assalamua alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu whole These are very exciting times for our school. We are continuing to “On the Day of Qiyamah, a crown of such brilliance will be placed on the improve and move forward at pace. At our school, our aim is to en- heads of the parents of one who learnt the Qur’an and practiced on its sure a well ordered atmosphere where the focus of all our activities laws, that it’s glitter will outshine the brilliance of the sun which pene- is on the quality of learning and teaching in a strong Islamic environ- trates your houses. What then do you think will the position of the one ment. who himself learnt the Qur’an and acted in accordance with it?” Our aim is to continue developing an innovative curriculum, while continuing to develop productive partnerships with employers, At our school, our philosophy is that everyone matters. We are committed schools, universities and the wider community. to raising standards of achievement and ensuring a culture of high expecta- tions and success for every pupil. This success comes not only in the form of academic achievement but development of character as guided by the We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our happy, teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad successful and vibrant school insha’Allah. (peace and blessings be upon him). May Allah SWT guide our pupils, staff and school community to This view was confirmed during our Ofsted inspection in November prosperity and success. Aameen. 2018, which judged our school to be 'good'. We do hope you will take the time to read our inspection report. The report is available Wasallam via a link on our school website. We want everyone to be proud to be a part of our community. We want our pupils to feel safe and that they belong. We also want to Moulana Muhammed Ramzan Head teacher
Aims and Objectives Management of School Knowledge - Character - Contribution Our school is headed by the Abu Bakr Trust, who is We aim to provide a highly supportive and challenging learning environment concerned with the running of the school, its policies and that encourages highest expectations for academic success and excellence finances. in character. We focus on the development of the whole child, socially, morally, spiritual- Chairman- Moulana. M. Luqman ly, physically and intellectually, to enable our pupils to become constructive, C/O- 154-160, Wednesbury Road, productive and active global citizens. Walsall. We aim to nurture a strong sense of shared purpose, generosity of spirit and WS1-4JJ. the desire to serve others. Tel: 01922 626 829 We aim to encourage our pupils to grow and develop an Islamic personality based upon the teachings of the holy Qur’an and the teachings of our be- loved prophet Muhammad SalAllahu alaihi sallam. Mission Statement It is only through gaining knowledge can we advance as a society. At Abu Bakr Boys School our aim is to provide a strong Islamic environment in which our pupils achieve their full potential and go on to become out- standing ambassadors for Islam. We are committed to creating a culture of learning in which pupils will strive and flourish academically and spiritually. Our school is based on a foundation of the teachings Islam and we endeav- our to provide a journey that fosters true Iman and love for Islam in the hearts and minds of our pupils, staff, and parents.
Admissions School Day All parents need to complete an application form and send it to the school Session Start Finish Duration (Mins) together with an administration fee of £200 and a copy of their child’s birth certificate, Year 5 Primary School report and predicted end of Key Stage 2 Islamic Studies / 8:30 am 11:15 am 165 levels. Qur’an Hifz Clas- Please note the administration fee is non-refundable and is not part of the school annual fee. Break 11:15 am 11:30 am 15 On receipt of the application, a reference request will be made the child’s existing school. On receipt of a satisfactory reference a confirmation letter will be sent. Lesson 1 11:30 am 12:25 pm 55 Should it be felt that an interview is needed, parents and pupils will be invit- ed to the school. A decision for admission will follow this interview and a formal letter will be sent to parents. This decision will be made at the discre- Lunch 12:25 pm 1:00 pm 35 tion of the head teacher and is final. If it is felt that an application cannot be accepted a letter regarding this decision will be sent to parents as soon as Form Time / Pas- possible. 1:00 pm 1:15 pm 15 toral All parents will be expected to support the schools Islamic ethos and to nur- ture and encourage Islamic values at home. All parents/guardians of year 7 Lesson 2 1:15 pm 2:10 pm 55 pupils are expected to attend an induction evening in June/July of the year of entry. Parents/Guardians are advised that our standard admission number is 24 Lesson 3 2:10 pm 3:05 pm 55 pupils in each class. Parents are advised to apply as early as possible, as places are quickly filled. Preferences are given to siblings of the school. Incomplete applications will Lesson 4 3:05 pm 4:00 pm 55 not be processed until all documents and information have been received.
A copy of the school’s Behaviour Policy is available on the schools website, Behaviour And Discipline www.abubakrboysschool.org/ The Prophet of Allah (SAW) was sent not just to eradicate transgression and to uphold Islam, but he was also sent to bring mankind to higher levels of Uniform at Abu Bakr Boys School good character. • A plain white Kurta or Jubba. All buttoned up apart from top button The Prophet of Allah has said: • White trousers. Must not be below the ankle with no patterns. • Jeans, jean cut trousers, combat trousers, tracksuit bottoms or jogging “Indeed, I Rasul Allah have been sent to perfect good character.” trousers are not allowed. Al-Hakim • A plain black jumper/Cardigan. No patterns or logos. The Prophet of Allah (SAW) himself displayed exceptional character, and • No sweatshirts was himself a manifestation of excellent character to the extent that he was • White netted hat praised by Almighty Allah: • Black, white or green Turban worn on top of the hat (Optional but en- “And you, surely, possess sublime moral excellences.” couraged). Worn properly on the head at all times Surah Al-Qalam : 4 • Arabian style turban bands are not allowed. Good manners and good character are very much demanded in Islam. • Plain black school shoes. “There is none heavier in the scales of the Hereafter than good char- • The school badge must be visible at all times either on the Kurta/ acter” Jubba or Jumper/Cardigan al-Tirmizi and Abu Daud • All fabrics should be plain, no laces or patterns of any kind. • Black blazer with school logo Our aim as a school is to build character of our pupils and instil in them a love for deen. Our school Behaviour Policy and Code of Conduct reflects P.E. Uniform these aims. • Black Tracksuit bottoms We are committed to involving parents/guardians as soon as a problem of • White Plain T- Shirt discipline arises. Our welfare officer, Mr. Khaja Hussain deals with pupil wel- fare. • No logo’s (e.g. Adidas, Reebok, Nike) Under no circumstances does the school tolerate any form of bullying. The • If any of the above uniform is not worn to school, then this will result school has an anti-bullying policy in place to reprimand any pupils involved in a sanction. in such behaviour.
Jewellery Apart from prayer caps, woolly hats are allowed only during cold weather but are not allowed to be worn inside the school building. No jewellery is allowed. Boys must not wear any rings, necklaces, arm bands, earrings or studs at all. School Bags Inappropriate jewellery and uniform will be confiscated and only returned School bags should be appropriate and big enough for pupils to carry books to parents, by appointment. Items not collected within 14 days will be do- etc. to and from school. Extravagant ‘designer’ style bags are not allowed. nated to charity. Standard School Equipment (11 items) Hair-cuts/Style All pupils must have the following basic school equipment: Uneven haircuts, Design work in short hair-cuts, Mohican haircuts or other • Black pen such similar haircuts are not acceptable. Slit eyebrows are also not allowed. • Blue pen Haircuts • Red pen Excessive use of colour/ bleaching or design work using colour/ bleaching is • Pencil not acceptable. • Ruler It is a matter for the school to determine what is deemed not acceptable in relation to the above rules. Any pupil with unacceptable hair will be sent • Rubber home not to return until the issue has been sorted to the school’s satisfac- • Sharpener tion. • Scientific Calculator Outdoor Coats/Hats • Protractor These should be dark colours (black, grey and navy blue) with minimal • Student Planner lettering or pictures. Hoodies, sports tops, denim or leather jackets are not • Merit Book allowed. “School leaders have created a strong climate for learning where pupils value their education. Consequently, most pupils are determined to succeed and work hard during lessons.” Ofsted 2018
Subjects Taught Mobile Phones No mobile phones, iPods or any other type of electrical items/gadgets will be allowed on school site at any time. Confiscated items Pupils who do not KS3 comply with the correct uniform will have items confiscated and will not be English, Mathematics, Science, History ,Citizenship, Religious Education, returned until the end of the academic year. Physical Education, and Arabic School Planners KS4 All pupils are issued with a School Planner in September. This is used to re- English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (Double Award), lay information to Parents, key dates and homework deadlines. Parents are Arabic, Citizenship, Religious Education and History required to sign the planners weekly. Curriculum Our pupils follow all core subjects (National Curriculum) and a good selec- tion of other subjects. Additionally, educational trips and enrichment activities are organised, at an extra cost, throughout the year. These are both beneficial and informa- tive. Pupil attendance is expected to all events. English as an Additional Lan- guage Policy is available upon request “Leaders make pupils’ personal development a high priority. They provide an impressive range of wider curriculum experiences to ensure that pupils develop into responsible, confident individuals who value the importance of education.” Ofsted 2018
Quranic studies and Islamic studies The majority of students in this class complete the memorisation of the Ho- ly Quran within 3-5 years (Year 7 -Year 11), thus, earning the esteemed title During the morning sessions, we at Abu Bakr Boys School have a rich Islamic of Hafiz. There is also a daily session in the timetable to study important curriculum which includes: aspects from the Islamic studies curriculum. Quranic Studies Part time Hifz-e-Quran class Learning how to recite the Holy Quran with its correct etiquettes (Tajweed) In this class, students will have two sessions in the morning to study how to and memorising the Holy Quran. recite the Holy Quran looking inside* (Nazirah-e-Quran) and also memoris- ing the Holy Quran. The majority of students in this class complete the reci- Islamic Studies tation of the entire Quran by Year 11 and have a target to memorise the Studying the translation of the Holy Quran, Islamic Beliefs (Aqaid), Islamic 30thPara (Amma Para), 29thPara, 28thPara, 27thPara, Surah Yaseen and Etiquettes (Akhlaq), Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh), how to pray Salah and Surah Kahf from Year 7 -Year 11 -in many cases, if a student excels and memorising supplications which are read throughout our daily life. shows the desire to do Hifz-e-Quran they will be moved to a full time Hifz-e- Memorising the Holy Quran (Hifz-e-Quran) Quran class. There are two types of classes for memorising the Holy Quran: To deter- The remaining sessions in the mornings are timetabled to study Islamic mine which class a student enrols; an initial assessment is taken in Septem- Studies. Students at the end of year 8 can also register their interest to ber. study MA Islamic Studies (Aalim Course) which commences from year 9 on- wards. The full course will continue at our institute even after Year 11 A trial period of two months is given to students in order to help them GCSEs. settle into the class. A final decision is then made after this trial period to determine if the student should continue in the full-time class or be trans- * The beginners: Students who are not familiar with how to recite the Holy ferred to the part-time Hifz class. Quran with its correct etiquettes will always begin the morning sessions by studying the Qaidah which is the foundation for learning how to recite the Full time Hifz-e-Quran class Holy Quran. Once completed and assessed, they will be moved on to learn- In this class, students spend most of the morning session in memorising the ing how to recite the Holy Quran looking inside (Nazirah-e-Quran) and Holy Quran. memorisation of the Holy Quran. “Pupils leave school well prepared for the next stage of their education.” Ofsted 2018
School fees for academic year School reporting system Abu Bakr Boys School’s strength lies in Parents Evening, which is held three Year Amount times a year, once a term. Year 7 £2000 + £200 Admissions Fee This is an invaluable opportunity to talk to teachers and staff at Abu Bakr Year 8 £2000 Boys School. We value the partnership between school and home. Our re- Year 9 £2000 porting system is designed to strengthen this relationship. Parents who do not attend parent’s evening are expected to see their son’s teachers soon Year 10 £2000 + £350 Exams Fee after, in order that your sons progress can be discussed. Parents of year 7 Year 11 £2000 pupils receive a progress review in October. Notice Extended learning One term’s notice must be given in writing if parents wish to withdraw a pupil. A ‘terms notice’ means notice given before the first day of a term and Other areas covered in school include: expiring at the end of that term. • Visit from Connexions Career Adviser /IAG (Information, Advice and In such a case, if that notice is not given, the full terms fees are payable. It is Guidance- Careers) expected that in every case, parents or the authorised guardian will consult • PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) This is a con- personally with the head teacher before notice of withdrawal is given. tinuous course and is a time-tabled lesson for pupils from years 7 to 9. It is designed to encourage pupils to develop their personal and social skills and values in such a way as to prepare positively for adult life. Internal Assessments Form teachers also play a leading role in the delivery of the PSHEE At Abu Bakr, our assessment procedures include end of topic tests in all course. subjects throughout the year. Pupils sit formal examinations in January and June. Any concerns are swiftly reported to parents/guardians. “Teachers use their secure subject knowledge to plan carefully structured learning tasks .” Ofsted 2018
Learning outside the classroom portant examinations of their lives. All pupils will be expected to take part in ALL offsite activities; however parents will be given notice before such As a school we believe firmly in providing our pupils with a curriculum that arrangements are made. We therefore expect that parents will support the is varied, challenging and creative. We believe that learning outside the school fully at all stages of their sons’ learning journey. classroom firmly meets all three aims. When pupils learn outside the class- The school policy on Health and Safety on Educational Visits is available up- room they become motivated as it stimulates interest, curiosity and passion on request or on our website. for ‘doing’. These types of activities broaden horizons, enable the pupils to develop new skills and build relationships with their peers. They encourage our pupils to be more engaged with learning and therefore more likely to do well. Learning outside the classroom can also support areas that are difficult to cover in the classroom. As teachers, we value its inspirational quality be- cause it enables our pupils to understand better — for example, what is the point of learning how to do a survey for geography if you never actually do it? We fully appreciate that many of our pupils travel from all over the West Midlands and the challenges that this brings. However, at times parents will need to have arrangements in place so they can be dropped and collected from school at times beyond the normal school day. Where possible, we provide parents with as much time as possible to allow appropriate ar- rangements to be made. Long distance trips are kept to a minimum, so par- ents are rarely asked to make these alternative arrangements. Parents are however reminded that as pupils move up the school, there will be a greater need for them to attend school earlier and remain in school later as they begin their preparations for what will be some of the most im- “Pupils demonstrate good behaviour and treat each other with respect.” Ofsted 2018
The Code of Conduct 3. Respect for Learning • Make it easy for everyone to learn and for teachers to teach. We recognise the importance of disciplined approach to life in school. Our school cannot enjoy a secure and well-ordered environment without it. We • Arrive on time for school and for all school lessons. believe in rewarding pupils who are positive towards the school, others and • Begin and end lessons in an orderly way. their learning. • Ask teachers for help when you need it and always try to help each 1. Self-Respect other when appropriate. • Take care to present yourself, especially concerning uniform, punctu- 4. Respect for the School Environment ality and good behaviour. • Take care of the school. • Take care of your belongings. • Look after rooms and furniture and leave them tidy for others to use. • Work hard to do class work and homework on time. • Take care of displays of work around the school. • Be proud of your achievements • Keep the school a litter- free zone. • Be co-operative and trustworthy. • Think about the health and safety of others both on your way to • Think things through for yourself. school and in 2. Respect for others your move- ments around • Move quietly and sensibly about the building. the school. • Be a good listener. • Always speak politely. • Be helpful and welcoming to visitors and people who are new in the school. • Never bully or act in a way that is unpleasant to others. “Pupils experience a broad curriculum, with a balance of Islamic studies and national curriculum subjects.” Ofsted 2018
Health, Welfare, and Security of pupils Abu Bakr Boys School is a small and friendly place. If pupils have problems Parents they are free to contact a member of staff. • Parents are responsible for ensuring that their son attends school reg- If pupils become unwell or have an accident at school and are unable to ularly & punctually. continue lesson, parents/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible. • If your son is prevented for any reason from attending school, parent Parents/Guardians will be asked to sign pupils out before leaving the school should notify the school as soon as possible on the first day of ab- premises. sence by telephone (01922 724149). Taking medication • Parents must try to keep all medical or dental appointments for pupils outside school hours. If pupils need to leave school during the day to If pupils need to take medication, they must always leave this with the first attend medical appointments, they must bring with them a medical aider. Parents/Guardians must send a letter stating the dates and times that letter before the appointment day. They must be collected by an au- medication will need to be taken. Only prescribed medication and paraceta- thorised person and must sign out. Where this is not possible, par- mol can be given. ents/guardians MUST contact the school when pupils arrive home Attendance and punctuality safely. Prior permission from the Headteacher will be required before pupil can leave school without parental supervision. Pupils must arrive in good time for morning registration. It would be appre- ciated if parents/guardians give us their maximum support on issues such as • The school may, at its discretion dismiss any pupil for persistent irreg- punctuality and attendance. ular attendance or lateness. • For all extended leave, parents must contact the head teacher and make an appointment to discuss the nature and duration of the visit. “Pupils show very good attitudes to learning.” Ofsted 2018
Term time Holidays School Polices School will grant up to and no more than 3 days leave at the end of a term All School Policies are available online or on request from the School Office for holidays abroad including: Concerns • The Child Safeguarding Policy • The Anti-Bullying Policy We believe that you will find it easy to contact us if there are any concerns about your son’s welfare, needs or progress. A given issue can be solved • The Complaints Procedure and the number of complaints for the pre- either by contacting your son’s form teacher or if you prefer with the wel- vious academic year. fare officer. Please phone for an appointment so that a mutually convenient • EAL Policy time can be arranged. We work in close partnership with the Local Educa- • Behaviour, Rewards & Sanction Policy tion Authority support services. Whenever necessary, those involved in working with your child will liaise closely between home and school in the • Health & Safety Policy interest of the individual pupil. • Admissions Policy • SEND Policy • GDPR Policy • Accident and Sickness Policy “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development are extremely well promoted.” Ofsted 2018
Pupils ment is due on the first day of return. Should pupils not return to school after this period, pupils will be removed from school roll. • MUST attend school regularly & punctually. If a pupil is unwell on return, for which a medical note from a GP will be re- • If pupils are late, they MUST sign the late book in reception, giving the quired or if there have been airline errors which cause a delay for return, reason for lateness official documentation will be required, e.g. a letter from the airline. • Pupils who are experiencing difficulties in attending school regularly or on time should seek help from their Form Tutor or Welfare Officer. Parents should note • Only one such absence will be granted during your son’s secondary Extended Leave phase. An extended visit to the country of family origin provides important oppor- • At any time where attendance issues concerns the Local Authority will tunities to reaffirm family, linguistic and cultural identities. As such they can be notified. be positive personal and educational experiences. At the same time there is evidence to indicate that visits resulting in significant absence from school • No leave will be granted during the period in which external examina- during term time can have negative impact on attainment. tions take place. Parents will be notified if this is the case when appli- cation for extended leave is made. The law states that families do not have the right to take children out of school during term time. • Weddings and holidays do not count as exceptional circumstances and therefore will be deemed as unauthorised absence. Any pupil Our school therefore will only allow an extended period of absence of two who takes such a leave of absence will be removed from school roll. weeks during term time in exceptional circumstances. Pupils who are off school on extended leave for more than 2 weeks will be removed from • At no time will leave be granted for year 10&11 pupils school roll. In extreme circumstances, a further two weeks of extended leave may be granted but will be deemed unauthorised and therefore parents will be charged a penalty fee of £50.00 per week for up to the two weeks. This pay- “Pupils are kept safe because safeguarding arrangements are effective.” Ofsted 2018
How to find us Walking Abu Bakr Boys School is a short 20 minute walk from the town centre. Walk By Car south-west towards St. Pauls St, turn right onto St. Pauls St. Continue Abu Bakr Boys School is located very close to M6 junction straight onto Stafford St. Continue onto Bloxwich Rd/B4210. then right onto 10. Leave the M6 head north east on to Wolverhampton Road/A454. Con- Essex Street and immediately right onto Kent Street. We are located on the tinue onto Blue Lane W/A4148,turn left onto Stafford Street, then right on- left. to Essex Street and immediately right onto Kent Street. We are located on the left. By Train & Bus From Walsall train station (served regularly by trains from Birmingham, New Street and Stafford) walk towards the bus stop located on St. Paul’s bus station (adjacent to St. Paul’s Church). Take any of the buses, 301, 302. These buses stop ex- actly outside the school, across the road. Stop at Premier store on the left. “The school curriculum provides pupils with a broad range of experiences across a growing number of subjects.” Ofsted 2018
We hope you have found our prospectus informative. If you have any fur- ther questions, do contact us and we will be pleased to answer them. We look forward to meeting you – for further detail and guidance about our School please contact us at: Abu Bakr Boys School Kent St Walsall West Midlands WS2 7AN United Kingdom Tel: 01922 724149 firstname.lastname@example.org www.abubakrboysschool.org “The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.” Ofsted 2018
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