Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatoh
Welcome to Al-Burhan Grammar School, an Independent academically selective secondary School with an Islamic ethos for girls aged 11-16 in Birmingham.
Before the founding of Al-Burhan, I was a University researcher. A colleague of mine came to me with his daughter to help them look for a primary school for her son. The four of us set off during the day – myself, my colleague, his daughter and his grandson – to find an Islamic primary school. Every school we went to was full and had no places. The child was 4 years old and I asked him what he knew already. MashaAllah, he began with the ta’awwuz and continued reciting the tasmiyyah, 6 kalimahs and a few short surahs. When I asked which mosque he had attended to know so many things at such a young age, his mother said, no mosque, she had taught him herself at home.
The parents are the first School of a child, and more particularly the mother. What kind of adult a child will become depends on the understanding, knowledge and priorities of the parents and especially, as in the case above, the mother. By educating our daughters, we are in fact educating the generation after as well. We strive to equip our students with the knowledge, the skills and the values which will serve them best throughout their life in this world and in the hereafter.
All his life, Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam) laid great emphasis on receiving and imparting knowledge. In fact, the very first word the Prophet (peace be upon him) received in the revelations was the word “Iqra” which means “read”.
At Al-Burhan, our aim is to create a secure, warm and family-like environment where girls can develop intellectual curiosity, thirst for learning and develop their personal qualities. We want pupils to feel comfortable with each other and around teachers so that they are able to act on their intellectual curiosity and become resilient. There is a great emphasis on good and righteous character; we believe in a firm but fair approach and helping students learn from their mistakes.
We try to inspire a love of learning in our girls and a desire to succeed. We maintain high expectations for each of our students, so that every pupil is able to achieve what they are capable of. Indeed, Ofsted noted that pupils’ “perseverance, resilience and attitude to learning were exemplary” and described our girls as “self-disciplined” and “work ethic mature”. Our staff work together sincerely and effectively for the sole purpose of ensuring the success of our girls. Leaders “support a hardworking and harmonious community” within school.
The School curriculum was highly praised by Ofsted as successfully supporting students’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural and personal development. They stated that the School “prepares students well for life in modern Britain” and the citizenship programme “successfully instils the values underlying modern British society”.
Alhamdulillah, teaching is consistently outstanding, and girls’ progress is carefully followed by a robust monitoring system which ensures that each girl’s individual potential is realised; the success of this system was noted by Ofsted who said that students “make rapid progress in relation to their starting points”. Alhamdulillah, we have excellent GCSE results and have been rated outstanding by Ofsted multiple times.
Further details about our School can be found on this website and I welcome you to find out more. I would also strongly encourage you to visit us on a normal working day whilst choosing a school that “feels right” for your daughter.
I look forward to meeting you inshaAllah and ask for your sincere du’as for the ongoing success of our pupils and our School. Ameen.
Wassalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatoh
Dr Mohammad Nasrullah BSc MSc PhD