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Andalusia Academy Bristol

Andalusia Academy Bristol
Old School Building
St Matthias Park
St Philips

phone: 0117 9291661

headteacher: Dr Dawud Bone

school holidays: via Bristol council

275 pupils aged 4—15y mixed gender
289 pupils capacity: 95% full

75 boys 27%


200 girls 73%


Last updated: June 20, 2014

— Other Independent School

Religious character
Establishment type
Other Independent School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 28, 2005
Reason open
New Provision
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 359617, Northing: 173233
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.457, Longitude: -2.5826
Accepting pupils
4—16 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › Bristol West › Lawrence Hill
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Learning provider ref #

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School report

Andalusia Academy

Old School Building, St Matthias Park, St Phillips, Bristol, BS2 0BA

Inspection dates 2–4 October 2013
Overall effectiveness Good 2
Pupils’ achievement Good 2
Pupils’ behaviour and personal development Outstanding 1
Quality of teaching Good 2
Quality of curriculum Good 2
Pupils’ welfare, health and safety Adequate 3
Leadership and management Good 2

Summary of key findings

This school is good because
It is not yet outstanding because
Compliance with regulatory requirements

Pupils achieve well and make good progress
Pupils’ behaviour and personal development

from their starting points, including those in
the Early Years Foundation Stage, and the
primary and secondary age groups. Their
attainment is broadly average in English and
are outstanding due to very high expectations
for behaviour set by the senior leaders and
Teaching is good as teachers productively
The curriculum is good and it provides good
Leaders and managers ensure that the school
involve pupils in lessons to ensure they make
good progress.
opportunities for pupils to gain relevant
qualifications to prepare them for the next
stage of their lives.
is constantly improving. The quality of
teaching is improving and the good
achievement is due to the consistent support
provided by the senior leaders.
Occasionally, some teachers do not mark
A very few routine health and safety checks

pupils’ work consistently to a high standard.
are not completed and recorded with sufficient
Senior leaders do not effectively evaluate the
Trustees are not always sufficiently well
progress of pupils over time.
informed about the school’s performance. The
school’s self-evaluation does not provide a
sufficient overview of all aspects of the
school’s performance.

The school meets schedule 1 of The Education (Independent School Standards) (England)
Regulations 2010, as amended by The Education (Independent School Standards) (England)

(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.

Information about this inspection

  • This inspection was carried out with one day's notice. The inspectors observed 17 part lessons
    taught by 17 teachers.
  • The inspectors looked at pupils’ work and held meetings with the trustees, headteacher, primary
    and secondary deputy headteachers and subject leaders.
  • Inspectors scrutinised a range of the school’s documentation including schemes of work,
    teachers’ planning, pupils’ work, policies and procedures, schemes of work and assessment
    records. Joint observations were conducted with senior leaders.
  • Parents’ and carers' views were gathered through the Ofsted website and through personal
    meetings with parents and carers. Additional information was collected through staff
    questionnaires and discussions with the students.

Inspection team

Lubna Aziz, Lead inspector Additional Inspector
John Anthony Additional Inspector
Helen Griffiths Additional Inspector

Full report

Information about this school

  • Andalusia Academy is an independent day school of Islamic ethos. The school is located in a
    Victorian building in the centre of Bristol. The school opened in 2005 for boys and girls aged
    from four to 11 years and for girls aged from 11 to 16 years. It seeks to provide an Islamic
    environment with a view to helping children of that faith achieve better results. It also welcomes
    children of any faith to enrol
  • The school presently has 275 pupils on roll, including 181 pupils in the primary department.
    There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs. Pupils are mainly from Somali
    and Pakistani heritages. A small number of pupils come from other ethnic groups. Pupils travel
    from Bristol and surrounding areas.
  • The school aims to create a centre of excellence where children are nurtured both spiritually and
    intellectually and go forward to become proud, aspiring and confident Muslims who are
    respectful and tolerant of others.
  • The school uses additional provision and pupils engage in physical education at a local sports
  • The school had its last inspection in May 2010. Since the last inspection the number of pupils
    has increased. The school has not applied for a material change but as part of the inspection a
    check was made on the school’s capacity to accommodate these increased numbers. It was
    agreed that the school’s present facilities and arrangements are sufficient for up to 289 pupils.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve the quality of teaching so that all is outstanding by:
    – ensuring all teachers consistently mark pupils’ work to a high standard.
  • Improve the quality of leadership and management by:
    evaluating effectively the progress pupils make over time from their starting points
    throughout the school
    further developing the school’s self-evaluation by assessing the school’s performance in all
    areas of its work
    ensuring trustees are more fully informed about the school’s performance over time and
    provide appropriate performance targets for the senior leaders.
  • Improve the provision for pupils' welfare health and safety by:
    ensuring that more routine fire risk assessments are undertaken and recorded.

Inspection judgements

Pupils’ achievement Good

Pupils’ achievements are good and they make good progress throughout all sections of the school

due to good teaching and a good curriculum. Pupils’ attainment is broadly average but it is rather
better in mathematics than English at both Key Stages 2 and 4. Pupils do well in the English
Baccalaureate subjects. The evidence from lesson observations and checks of pupils’ work over
time indicates that all pupils, including those with special educational needs and English as an

additional language, make good progress. On entry to the school, most pupils’ starting points in

English and mathematics are below expectations for their age. By the time they leave at the end of
Year 11, their achievements are broadly average and overall they make good progress.
Achievement in GCSE science subjects, French, Arabic and Islamic studies are exceptionally good.
However, pupils’ achievement overall is not outstanding as their progress is not evaluated
effectively as it might be over time from their starting points. The school is using an electronic

system to check pupils’ progress in English, mathematics and other subjects. This is a recently

established electronic system and the school is working to embed this practice to provide an exact

picture of pupils’ progress over time.
Pupils’ standards of reading are good overall; in the primary classes, pupils read well and

demonstrate accuracy in pronouncing words and the correct use of the sounds that letters make.

Pupils’ speaking and listening skills are strong throughout the school. There are good opportunities

for all pupils to extend their numeracy and literacy skills across other subjects, for example, in
Islamic studies pupils make good use of words from letter puzzles and learn numbers in Arabic

Pupils’ learning of the Qur’an is outstanding and they make excellent progress, including those who

are given extra support in their Islamic studies. This is due to correct pronunciation of Arabic
letters and sounds (


) and the meaning of the verses from the Qur’an that are well taught

by the teacher. The school provides extra support after school to further consolidate pupils’
learning. The school supports well the youngest children in Reception, pupils with special
educational needs and those learning English as an additional language in the primary classes,
enabling them to make a similar rate of progress to their peers.

Pupils’ behaviour and personal development Outstanding

Pupils’ behaviour and personal development are outstanding. They are confident, courteous and

very respectful towards their peers and adults. Behaviour observed in classrooms and around the

school is excellent and pupils are keen to learn. They display extremely high social, moral, spiritual

and cultural attitudes and values. Students report they feel safe and incidents of bullying are very
rare. This is due to the strong emphasis placed by the senior leaders and the effective teaching of
Islamic studies covering all aspects of personal, social and health education. They learn about their
own religion and the beliefs of others and, hence develop a respect for all. They visit religious
places of the different faiths found in Bristol. They gain knowledge of public institutions and
services by visiting places such as a museum and listening to speakers, for example, a local mayor.

The school effectively meets the requirement to support students’ understanding and tolerance of

other cultures and religions. For example, other local schools are invited to the school's Ramadan
exhibition and workshop and this provides opportunities for all pupils to meet others from different
cultures and religions. Pupils enjoy learning about ‘inspirational leaders’ from their own and other

cultures in religious studies lessons. Pupils’ exemplary behaviour, high personal standards,

punctuality and high levels of attendance contribute considerably to their good academic progress.
As a result, they achieve qualifications at a broadly average level and have been successful in
securing places at institutions of further education.
Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. This results in pupils progressing well in their
learning. Teachers have good subject knowledge and engage pupils well in their lessons. Teachers
check that all pupils participate in classroom activities. The best lessons involve a good range of
activities, effective questioning techniques and good teacher support for individual pupils. In these
lessons, pupils are enthusiastic and their thirst for knowledge is palpable. Teachers make good use
of resources such as a projector and small whiteboards to enhance the learning of pupils. Teachers
know their students well and good relationships, coupled with high expectations, ensure pupils
make good progress.
All lessons are well planned and linked to the good schemes of work. Teachers place a good
emphasis on the teaching of basic skills. Consequently, students make good progress in their
speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and in mathematics. Pupils enjoy learning especially
when they can participate in group discussions.

Quality of teaching Good

Group sizes are small and pupils benefit from specialist subject teachers in the secondary classes.
Younger pupils have good opportunities to make use of indoor and outdoor resources. This
supports their learning well. In the primary department, teaching support is provided for those who
need extra help. Work is marked regularly and pupils are aware of their ‘next step’ in learning.

Occasionally, some teachers do not always mark pupils’ work to a high standard to accelerate their

The good quality curriculum provides opportunities for all pupils, including those with special
educational needs and English as an additional language, to learn, be successful and achieve well
in all areas of their learning. There are good schemes of work in English, mathematics, science,
French, Arabic, Islamic studies, information and communication technology, and design and
technology. Pupils make good progress in English and mathematics through each stage of their
school life due to good emphasis on basic skills which are taught across subjects. This prepares
pupils well for moving on to the next stage of their education. The school has an appropriate
programme of activities, both those selected by the children and those directed by the teacher, for
its youngest children in Reception and caters well for their needs in covering the required areas of
learning and development.

Quality of curriculum Good

The curriculum meets pupils’ needs, although discussions with pupils revealed they would

appreciate more classroom equipment and a wider choice of GCSE subjects. Pupils are well
prepared for assessments at Key Stage 2 and for GCSE at Key Stage 4. Personal, social and health
education is incorporated into the Islamic curriculum and all aspects are covered well. A good
example was seen in an Islamic studies lesson where the teacher used passages from the Qur’an
on ways of controlling anger. Careers guidance is provided for secondary pupils through visiting
career advisers and a careers fair; this prepares pupils effectively for work experience in their
chosen areas of work. Pupils are taught physical education in a local sports centre. The school
provides extra-curricular activities through regular educational visits and after-school clubs such as


(Islamic songs), skipping and examination preparation clubs.

Pupils’ welfare, health and safety Adequate

The school makes adequate provision for pupils’ welfare, health and safety and, as a result, pupils

are taught in a safe environment and all regulations are met. The school has devised an
appropriate policy for safeguarding children which clearly describes any signs and symptoms of
child abuse. All staff members have received the necessary level of training in safeguarding
children, including the senior designated officer for child protection. The anti-bullying policy is
suitable and it is effectively implemented. There are suitable policies for health and safety and first
aid. The school has trained staff in first aid, including those with paediatric first-aid training. First-
aid procedures are appropriately implemented and include the recording of all incidents. The fire
policy and procedures are appropriate and there are regular fire drills but although fire risk
assessments are undertaken they are not carried out and logged as regularly as they should be.
The procedures for educational trips are suitable and the school carries out risk assessments for
visits as well as for the premises and aspects of the curriculum.
The school meets all regulations regarding safe recruitment practices and vetting procedures.
Checks are made on the suitability of all staff to work with children and are duly recorded as
required in the single central register. The electronic admission and attendance registers meet
The quality of leadership and management is good. Leaders and managers have high expectations

Leadership and management Good

for staff and pupils and a strong and successful focus on pupils’ achievement. This has resulted in

outstanding behaviour, a good standard of teaching and pupils making good progress. The senior
leaders and teachers have worked hard to improve the school. There are regular checks on the
quality of teaching and appropriate training has supported teachers to develop their skills further.
As a result, the quality of teaching is improving. There are effective systems to assess students’

learning. However, leaders and managers are yet to fully evaluate the extent of pupils’ progress

over time from their starting points to gain a clearer picture of rates of progress.
The school meets all the regulations for independent schools. Leaders are aware that that they
need to ensure routine fire risk assessments are completed more regularly. The premises and

accommodation meet pupils and provide a safe and suitable environment for learning. The school’s

current accommodation and facilities are sufficient for up to 289 pupils. The school provides the
required information for parents and carers and meets the regulations for the complaints

procedure. Staff questionnaires, parents’ and carers’ views and pupils’ responses show high levels

of satisfaction with the school.

Priorities in the school’s development plan are identified and the leaders and senior managers

know the school well. However, the school knows that it needs to work further on its self-
evaluation so that it fully reflects all areas of the school's activities. Although trustees have an

ambitious vision, they do not always look for suitable evidence about pupils’ achievement over time
to evaluate the school’s current performance. As a result, they do not always provide appropriate

performance targets over time to the senior leaders.

What inspection judgements mean


Grade Judgement Description
Grade 1 Outstanding A school which provides an exceptional quality of education and
significantly exceeds minimum requirements.
Grade 2 Good A school which provides a high quality of education that exceeds
minimum requirements.
Grade 3 Adequate A school which meets minimum requirements but needs to
improve the quality of education it provides.
Grade 4 Inadequate A school where minimum requirements are not met and/or the
quality of education has serious weaknesses.

School details

Unique reference number 130391
Inspection number 422617
DfE registration number 801/6130

This inspection was carried out under section 162A of the Education Act 2002, as amended by
schedule 8 of the Education Act 2005, the purpose of which is to advise the Secretary of State for

Education about the school’s suitability for continued registration as an independent school.

Type of school Islamic faith day school
School status Independent
Age range of pupils 4–16
Gender of pupils Primary: mixed
Secondary: girls
Number of pupils on the school roll 275
Number of part time pupils 0
Proprietor Bristol Islamic Schools Trust (BIST)
Chair Dr Ghassan Nounu
Headteacher Dr Dawud Bone
Date of previous school inspection 25 May 2010
Annual fees (day pupils) Primary £2,600
Secondary £3,200
Telephone number 01179 291661
Email address reveal email: admi…


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