Institutions play an important role in the lives of individuals and societies. Afifah provides children with an environment in which they can learn and live Islam.The homogeneity of the culture and values of the students and teachers creates social and emotional stability which facilitates general areas of education (maths, science, language, arts, etc). The students develop a strong sense of belonging to the Muslim Ummah. They not only preserve their rich Islamic heritage, but also contribute towards the development and progression of the Muslim Ummah in general.
Afifah as an Islamic school…
- Helps in preserving Islamic identity for the community at large, and for the children more specifically.
- It provides an environment where the students can practice their religion freely and receive feedback to improve their understanding of Islam.
- It helps our children achieve the best of both the worlds in a safe and secure environment.
- It focuses on Islamic Skills and Qualities according to the Quran and Sunnah in a multi-cultural Society.
- Children excel in all aspects of their life when they grow up in such a safe and nurturing environment.
In addition to Qur’an lessons and Islamic studies lessons, teachers implement the Islamic ethos into all secular subjects. High school pupils also have a tarbiyyah lesson that focuses on the practical and spiritual aspects of Deen al Islam.
KS3 and KS4 also take part in the ilm2amal curriculum. This curriculum aims to bring learning to life by enabling pupils to love, live and share their Deen. Its objective is to build well rounded, confident and ethical Muslims by focusing on social Responsibility (Mu’asharat) and Financial Literacy (Mu’amalat). This learning is brought to life through a variety of campaigns organised in partnership with local organisations such the RSPCA, homeless shelters, Salvation army, Age UK etc.
Learning At Afifah…
We offer a balanced curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and also promotes the Islamic ethos of the school.
We keep our curriculum under constant review. The overall purpose is to enable each pupil to access a broad and balanced curriculum that fulfils her potential.
Due to the greater curriculum flexibility offered in order to better match the curriculum needs of the students primary school classes are split into KS1, KS2 lower and KS2 Upper. Students in secondary school will complete Key stage 3 over a period of three years. (Yr 7, Yr 8, Yr 9) and Key stage 4 (GCSE) will be completed in a period of two years (Yr 10 and Yr 11). We provide early GCSE in Year 10 for some subjects so that students have less pressure in Year 11 and they can focus more on certain subjects.
I.T. is utilised throughout the curriculum.
- Every day begins with Duas that are read collectively along with a thought of the day or discussions on Islamic topics or then current affairs.
- Pupils perform daily prayers collectively in the school (usually Zohar and Asar).
- All Islamic days and festivals are acknowledged in the school. The month of Ramadan is celebrated in a very special way.
- Assemblies on Wednesdays and Fridays play an important role in the spiritual and moral development of the students. A special Tarbiya Lesson on every
- Friday is assigned for the whole school to participate in Islamic lectures delivered or some activities/ workshops to enhance the moral and spiritual development of students.
- We also teach Quran and Hadith and try to link every lesson to Islam.
To promote the intellectual, moral, social and physical development of all our pupils and to help them develop lively enquiring minds that they can use with confidence and good communication skills, we teach a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum through a wide range of educational experiences. We encourage pupils to strive for the highest possible standards in all.
Under the umbrella of an Islamic environment we will maintain high standards of behaviour, appearance, motivation, attendance and punctuality. All these aspects of development have a lasting influence in life outside the school.
We foster an enjoyment of learning and to give equal opportunity by providing stimulating and differentiated work, setting tasks and goals that are achievable by all. We aim to acknowledge and encourage all abilities by assessing and rewarding the effort and progress of the students. We have high expectations of our students, not only in academic excellence but also in their standard of behaviour, appearance and character both inside and outside the school.
As well as learning in a classroom, students benefit from a program of educational trips, designed both to broaden their learning and to relate their study directly to its application in the community.
We hope to equip our students with skills to face the challenges of an ever changing world.