Muslim faith schools have topped the British government’s ranking of secondary school performance, taking the top three positions and securing a total of four in the top ten.
This is a befitting response to all those who undermine Muslim schools for not excelling in academics as well as Islamic studies.
Top of the pack was Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School that was again number one in the country in the Progress 8 Score measure — with pupils making ‘well above average’ progress.
The Progress 8 measure shows how much progress pupils made between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school compared to pupils across the country who got similar SATs results in Year Six.
Also, Bolton Muslim Girls School (5th), Eden Girls’ School Coventry (6th) and Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (10th) have the highest value-added Progress 8 (P8) scores in the country.
And for the sixth consecutive year, Muslim schools have surpassed national GCSE and equivalent exam averages for English, Maths, English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and ‘attainment 8 scores’, according to an exclusive analysis by The Muslim News.
The list collated every year by the government ranks schools across the country on measures including academic attainment and the percentage of students who stay on for further education.
In the UK, compulsory education ends at the age of 16, after which students can either leave to enter the job market or go on to further education.
In a statement, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said that the statistics showed faith schools were performing well despite the negative perceptions surrounding them.
"Credit must go to the teachers, parents, and of course students.. for their excellent achievement."
— MCB (@MuslimCouncil) October 24, 2019
“Credit must go to the teachers, parents, and of course students, at these high performing Muslim faith schools for their excellent achievement,” said Secretary-General of the MCB Harun Khan.
“Their results show that with hard work and dedication children of all backgrounds and in any educational setting can achieve their utmost.”