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Forum Muslim Schools 
Topic Help Iqra School 
Author Maryam 
Date Created 15/06/2008 10:19:46 
Message Iqra Independent School
3-5 Gresham Road
Brixton
London
SW9 7PH
020 7501 9710
headteacher@iqraschool.co.uk

Iqra Independent was established at Brixton Mosque in September 1994 Mashallah. The founder-Headmistress sister Aisha Abdul-Malik (may Allaah have Mercy on her) initiated the launch of Iqra with the challenge of educating Muslim Children in predominantly non-Muslim society, the School has as its dictum: ‘Training for this life and the hereafter’
It is an independent UK Islamic school helping young Muslims learn about the importance of their faith while being part of British society. The Iqra School provides education for mainly migrant youngsters living in Lambeth.
The school is now looking to get state funding to continue the work. Iqra Independent School in Brixton has been going for 12 years meeting the growing demands for secular education in an Islamic setting in this part of South West London.

There are currently around ten thousand Muslims families living in Lambeth and the school came about because of the lack of such a facility in the local area. Pupils aged three to eleven attending the school are offered both traditional and Islamic education meeting the needs of the Muslim community.
It’s the ability to offer not just the standard British National curriculum but also the grounding in Islam that sets this school apart from others. The Iqra Independent School is currently not part of the UK state sector and parents who send their children here have to pay fees between £1500 and £2500 a year. Many of them are on low incomes or benefits and struggle to find the money to pay for education at the school.
A key factor in the school’s recent success has been the development of the outside area. Through their own efforts they’ve turned an overgrown garden into a playground where a range of activities can now take place. Most of the children come from the local area, but some travel a considerable distance to attend school.
Parents feel it offers their children the right blend of religious and formal education. Iqra’s administrator has worked at other Muslim schools and believes it provides a rounded education, showing children how to be Islamic while integrating with wider society.
Many of the teachers at the school are working for half their normal pay. Some have come after being at similar institutions but are now at the school because they want to put back something into the Islamic community.
For the children, the school provides them with a happy and secure environment where they can immerse themselves in both Islam and their normal studies. The school raised funds to help victims for Cyclone Nargis in Burma by selling cakes and ice cream after lessons. It’s their way of showing support for what’s happening in the wider world. The school’s trustees believe institutions like Iqra are needed in the UK.
The school wants to become ‘voluntary aided’ and be given funds from the UK government to provide education and be at the heart of the local Muslim community. Iqra school has a bright future and should become a beacon for what’s possible in multicultural Britain to provide children with a Muslim and secular education in an Islamic environment.
At present, the school is near to its capacity of 110 pupils. Approximately 60% of pupils are from Somalia, 10% of Caribbean heritage and the remainder of Bangladeshi, Algerian and Moroccan heritage.
The school is currently charging £2500 per year in fees, an increase in the 2007/08 school year from £1500 per year in 2006/07. This is putting a huge strain on the parents who struggle to make the payments. The school has difficulty collecting the fees every month and the lack of financial resources available to the school has meant that it is unable to attract qualified teaching staff, with the average salary for the teachers at the school being £8000 per year. The acting head teacher has indicated the distinct probability that the school will have to close if they are not able to receive external aid from September 2008.
The school are encouraged by the recent government report Faith in the System which outlines the government’s commitment to supporting parents, where possible, to obtain a place for their child at a school of their choice. Faith schools, the report states, are one way to create a more diverse system in which schools have a distinct specialism, mission or ethos. The report notes that the government does not have blanket policy of building more faith schools or more non-faith schools but instead supports schools with a religious character where there is evidence that this is what the local community wants.
It specifically states that the government supports independent schools joining the state sector when parents, a school and local community want it, clearly the case with regard to Iqra, noting that nearly 15,000 Muslim children are sent to independent schools with a particular religious character. All Muslim schools in the state sector in Britain were previously independent schools.



 
      
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Topic Re: Help Iqra School 
Author Maryam 
Date Created 27/06/2008 18:44:08 
Message Iqra Independent in Brixton – external funding GRANTED FOR SEPTEMBER 2008 Resources and equipment needed now Insha Allah.
Iqra Independent was established at Brixton Mosque in September 1994 with the aim of helping young Muslims learn about the importance of their faith while being part of British society. The Iqra School provides education for mainly migrant youngsters living in Lambeth.
The school is to become voluntary aided and be given funds from the UK government to provide education and be at the heart of the local Muslim community in September 2008. Iqra School has a bright future and should become a beacon for what's possible in multicultural Britain to provide children with a Muslim and secular education in an Islamic environment.
The school was encouraged by the recent government report 'Faith in the System' which outlines the government s commitment to supporting parents, where possible, to obtain a place for their child at a school of their choice. Faith schools, the report states, are one way to create a more diverse system in which schools have a distinct specialism, mission or ethos. The report notes that the Government does not have blanket policy of building more faith schools or more non-faith schools but instead supports schools with a religious character where there is evidence that this is what the local community wants.
The school is now to get state funding to continue the work in September 2008. However we need computers, resources, outdoor play equipment and porto cabins to accommodate the extra pupils we will be able to take Insha Allah.
There are currently around 10,000 Muslims families living in Lambeth and the school came about because of the lack of such a facility in the local area. Pupils aged 3-11 attending the school are offered both traditional and Islamic education meeting the needs of the Muslim community. The school’s vision is "training for this life and the Hereafter".
At present, the school has 110 pupils. The school hopes to increase capacity with the Porto cabins. Approximately 60% of pupils are from Somalia, 10% of Caribbean heritage and the remainder of Bangladeshi, Algerian and Moroccan heritage. Parents feel it offers their children the right blend of religious and formal education.
It's the ability to offer not just the standard British National curriculum but also the grounding in Islam that sets this school apart from others. A key factor in the school's recent success has been the development of the outside area. Through their own efforts staff, parents and pupils have turned an overgrown garden into a playground where a range of activities can now take place. However outside toys and equipment are needed.
For the children, the school provides them with a happy and secure environment where they can immerse themselves in both Islam and their normal studies. We urgently need books, paints, pencils equipment for classes Insha Allah.
For further information contact:
Iqra Independent School
3-5 Gresham Road
Brixton
London
SW9 7PH
020 7501 9710
headteacher@iqraschool.co.uk



 
 
 
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