The Wisdom Academy
Information for Parents
Tel: 0121 572 1447
Head Teacher: Mr. Sakhawat Ali
Head teacher’s welcome
Assalam Alaikum WaRahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu
It gives me great pleasure as the Headteacher of The Wisdom Academy to extend a very warm welcome to all parents and prospective parents of our school.
The Wisdom Academy is a model faith school adhering to the teachings of Islam and was established in 2008 as a result of local demand.
The Wisdom Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of academic and character building education.
The Wisdom Academy
plays a vital role in serving our local community. Al- Hamdullilah we aim to offer the finest educational opportunities in a friendly, caring and high achieving environment. We insist on setting high expectations from all of our pupils and staff.
We encourage our pupils to display excellent manners and behaviour by providing positive role models. We ensure that our pupils develop their full potential and serve as model citizens for our wider community.
We recognise the benefits of a strong parent-teacher relationship and promote parent participation and involvement in all areas of the school.
The Wisdom Academy provides many avenues for parents to get involved in the day-to-day running of the school such as our successful Parent Teacher Association and run regular Parenting Workshops.
We welcome children from all backgrounds and request for parents to work closely with us to ensure that we provide the best opportunities for your child.
Mr. Sakhawat Ali
The Wisdom Academy has been running since September 2009. By the grace of Allah, the school succeeded in becoming fully registered with the Department of Education and Ofsted in its first year of operation.
The school holds a maximum capacity of 320 children, with no more than 24 children in any given class. This allows for the school to manage targets and set personal goals for each child. The school remains a warm, friendly and industrious environment, where our children continue to improve.
There are many school policies and extracts from certain policies have been included in this prospectus. However, the written policies are bulky and as such, we do not send out copies to parents. However, any parent who wishes to study the policies should contact the school office to make appropriate arrangements.
Parents, both existing and prospective, have access to the following documents and
Policies, these can be obtained from the school office or downloaded from the school website.
- Admissions Procedures
- Anti-Bullying / Cyber Bullying
- Child Protection / Safeguarding Policy
- Complaints Procedure
- Curriculum Policy
- Equal Opportunities
- Exclusion Policy
- Health & Safety
- Behaviour and Discipline
- Safeguarding and Safer recruitment
- Staff List (includes their qualifications, roles& subjects taught)
Aims and objectives
Our aim is:
To promote moral and academic excellence in a caring and secure Islamic environment, providing opportunities and harnessing every child’s full potential.
Our objectives are:
- To provide a balanced and comprehensive curriculum, incorporating the National Curriculum with Islamic knowledge as the foundation of the school.
- To promote moral and academic excellence whilst developing children’s spiritual needs so that they are better equipped to meet the challenges and responsibilities of adult life.
- To impart our children with the necessary skills and experience to contribute towards the betterment of their community and society as a whole.
- Encourage our pupils to show respect, care and empathy towards others.
The proprietor at The Wisdom Academy will apply the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to those that wish to attend this school. The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 introduced a new framework for school admissions as of September 2000. This policy conforms to the regulations that are set out in that Act and further explained in the statutory School Admissions Code of Practice and the Statutory Appeals Code of Practice.
We are an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities. We accept children who have a statement of special educational needs or disabilities, based upon an assessment, whereby if the school can make reasonable adjustments in order to provide adequate provision for the individual. The school can also provide access to therapy (e.g. speech and language therapy, physiotherapy) where this is required in the statement and has not been discontinued by a subsequent annual review.
All applications will be treated on merit and in a sensitive manner.
The admissions policy of the school highlights the following important areas:
- Basic practice of the Islamic faith
- Active commitment to Islam
- Interview and assessment
- Proximity of the school
- Non-Muslims who along with their parents support the values of the Islamic faith
If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available we enforce the procedure set out above in order to determine whether a child is accepted or not. It is our wish to allow parents the right to have a place at the school of their choice. However, this is not always possible due to the excess demand on the school places available.
As our school is an independent school, the school determines the admission based on the above criteria.
Application forms and the school policy pack can be obtained from the school secretary and should be completed by the date stipulated on the forms. The school notifies parents about the school place as soon as all the applications have been considered.
Children enter school in the academic year they turn five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the school year). Therefore, parents who would like their child to be admitted during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the necessary application form by the end of May for that respective year.
If we do not offer a child a place at this school, it is because to do so would jeopardise the education of other children by allowing the number of children to beyond our set class sizes.
If parents wish to appeal against a decision for refusal of admission, they can do so by writing to the proprietor. An independent appeals panel then meets to consider all appeals by parents who have been refused a place at our school.
An appeals panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned. If the appeals panel decides that we should admit a child to our school, then we will accept this and continue to do all we can do to provide the best education for all the children at our school, (Details of appeal arrangements are set out in the Code of Practice on Schools Admissions Appeals, which came into force in September 1999).
Payment of fees/withdrawal and or change of status
Fees are collected in three equal sums each at the beginning of the every term. Three months notice must be given in writing to the school if parents wish to withdraw a child , otherwise a whole terms fee will be payable.
The school fee for the academic year 2019/2020 is £2300, The school offers discounts for payments made in advance and for multiple children. A list of the discounts are available from the school office.
The standard number
The standard number is the number of children the school can accommodate. The standard number for our school is 320 for the academic year 2019-2020. We keep this number under review and the proprietor will apply to the LEA to change the number if circumstances allow.
Children enter school (Gates Open) 8.15am
Period 1 9.00am
Period 2 9.50am
Period 3 10.55am
Period 4 11:45am
Lunch / Prayer break 12.35pm
Period 5 1:20pm
Period 6 2:10pm
End of school day 3.10pm
NB: The school ends at 12:00pm every Friday for the Jummah (Friday) Prayer.
Getting to School on Time
It is important that your child gets to school on time every morning. A useful tip might be
to allow an extra five minutes on top of the expected journey time. Children are not always
in the mood to hurry. This applies especially to children in the Reception Class and their
first year at school. The school operates a late book, where parents have to escort their child into the school and state their reason for lateness if they arrive after 9:05am. If lateness persists then a meeting is arranged with the head teacher to resolve the matter.
It is also important that you collect your child on time at the end of the day. Teachers often have to go to meetings and prepare work at 3:10pm and it is not fair to expect them to wait with your child until you arrive. If you collect your child after 3:45pm without a valid reason, the school will impose a fine of £10 per half hour.
Leaving school during the day
We are responsible for the children during the school day. They are not allowed to leave
school before 3.10pm unless they are collected by parents or another responsible adult,
and only for a valid reason. Children must be signed out via the main office before leaving.
Early Holidays / Holidays during term time
The school does NOT allow for parents to take their children out of school during term time. The school will not approve any early holidays or breaks during term time. However, if there is an emergency, the school may approve leave on the rare occasion.
School Uniform List
It is the Wisdom Academy’s policy that all children wear school uniform when attending school, or when participating in a school-organised events outside normal school hours. Here is a description of the uniform your child needs to wear at
The Wisdom Academy
The Wisdom Academy uniform and the whole school attire takes into consideration the following:
- · Conformity to the Islamic teachings
- · Loose dress for both boys and girls
- · Practical / comfortable
- · Smart
- · Colour is well co-ordinated
- White Scarf (Hijaab)
- Black Abbaaya (Skirt)
- White blouse / polo shirt (Reception and Key Stage 1 girls )
- Royal Blue ‘V’ necked jumper ( Reception and Key Stage 1 girls)
- Royal Blue cardigan/jumper ( Key Stage 2 )
- Black shoes (no trainers)
Girls PE Kit
- Green P.E. top (available from school)
- Black or tracksuit bottoms
- Training shoes
- Dark grey trousers
- Light blue shirt or polo shirt (Key stage 1 and reception)
- White shirt or polo shirt (Key stage 2)
- Royal Blue jumper
- Black shoes (no trainers)
Boys PE Kit
- Black tracksuit (no hoods )
- Light blue collared polo shirt
- Training shoes
Please note: pupils’ wearing inappropriate clothing (in the absence of a note of explanation from a parent/guardian) will be asked to remove it. A parent will be asked to bring in appropriate clothing or a pupil may be sent home to change.
No jewellery or make up of any kind is to be worn in school. Pupils’ should not have patterns or shapes cut into their hair, nor should they have dyed or bright hair colouring.
Setting High Expectations
We are committed to ensuring that girls and boys have equal access to all aspects of the curriculum and other activities in school. No child will be excluded for any reason.
All children are encouraged to progress at their own pace.
With this in mind, Children are taught in ability groups in Literacy and Numeracy from Year 2 upwards.
Extra support is available to children who are in the early stages of learning English as an
additional language. The school establishes an IEP for children who are at this stage, whereby they are closely monitored and provided with work to their ability and level.
Encouraging Good Behaviour
In order to achieve this, the school expects high standards of behaviour from the children.
Parents are asked to support us.
Our behaviour policy
Promotes self-discipline and encourages positive attitudes.
The children are involved in making school rules.
We reward good behaviour and positive attitudes.
Children have a clear sanction system in place for poor
behaviour and attitudes.
All parents have access to the school behaviour policy. There are lots of rewards for effort,
achievement, attendance and behaviour.
We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways:
Teachers congratulate children;
Teachers give children golden time, stars and stickers;
Each week we nominate a child from each class to be ‘star of the week’;
Each ‘star of the week’ receives a certificate in the school assembly;
We distribute ‘golden time’ to children either for consistent good work or behaviour, or to acknowledge outstanding effort or acts of kindness in school;
There are whole class reward systems in place, where classes gain a daily star if they follow school rules and procedures around the school.
Parents communication slips are used to highlight a positive feature of the child’s work/behaviour;
The school acknowledges all the efforts and achievements of children.
The school employs a number of sanctions to enforce the school rules, and to ensure a safe and positive learning environment. We employ each sanction appropriately to each individual situation.
If a child is continually misbehaving, a teacher will use the system of strikes, giving the child a strike for each chance, upon the third strike, the teacher fills in the Pupil Incident form. Parents are notified of all entries in the pupil incident forms. Depending on the severity of the incident, the Deputy or Head teacher are involved in the meeting with the parent.
We do not accept bullying, aggression, disruptive behaviour, swearing or
vandalism. More serious incidents will go straight to the Head teacher.
All children thrive on praise and recognition and at The Wisdom academy we reward children in a variety of ways. This can be for any aspect of school life: Behaviour, manners, good work, effort, attitude, improvement, helpfulness, kindness, to mention a few from our list of ‘admired characteristics’
At times a child’s behaviour may require the use of agreed sanctions. These are used consistently and fairly throughout the school and are shared with pupils at the beginning of each term and staff at the start of the academic year. They are shared with parents, who all have access to this policy, as well as reminders via newsletters.
Attendance and Holidays
If your child has to be away from school ~please let the school know the reason.
Regular attendance is important if a child is to benefit from the learning opportunities
offered at The Wisdom Academy. An average attendance of more than 95% is expected. This
allows for illness during the year and any other unavoidable absence, e.g. bereavement. All
other reasons for absence must be agreed with the head teacher in advance.
Unexplained absences and regular days absence are followed up daily by a phone call. The
Educational Social Worker may also visit parents at home. He always carries identification.
Please ask to see it, and remember – he is there to help.
In extreme circumstances it may be necessary for the local authority to take legal action
against parents who deprive their children of their entitlement to full time education by
condoning unnecessary absences.
Please ensure your child gets to school on time. School starts at 8.50. If a child is later
than 9:05am they need to go to the office to ensure they are registered before they are sent to class.
Children who are regularly late will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.
The school has a strict policy on holidays in term time.
NEVER book a holiday before requesting a holiday.
No pupil will be allowed to go on holiday in Year 2 or 6 prior to SATs. If a child goes on
holiday without permission or does not return on the given date they WILL lose their place
and go on the waiting list.
The school organises a number of fun days for the children at the school and their parents. These events are an informal way for parents / carers to meet and interact with their children’s teachers and other support staff. In the past, these fun days have proved to be very popular amongst the parents and children alike and have included activities such as cake decorating, hand decorating with hennah, face painting for the children and refreshments.
Books are a very important part of a child’s education. It enables them to develop their reading and literacy skills as well as increasing their knowledge of the world around them. This enables them to build on their intellect and confidence.
Our school library aims to help both pupils who are struggling with reading and those who are keen readers but who need stimulation and challenge.
To create and sustain a successful reading culture requires significant commitment from the pupils as well as teachers and parents. Pupils’ reading is shared at home by using a reading logbook, which parents / guardians fill out once they have heard their child read.
ICT is challenging the lives of everyone. Through teaching ICT, we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We believe ICT skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.
Homework is a very important part of a child’s education and can add much to a child’s development. The government made clear its commitment to homework in the 1997 White Paper ‘Excellence in schools’, where homework was seen as ‘an essential part of good education’. We recognise that the resources available limit the educational experience that any school by itself can provide; children benefit greatly therefore from the mutual support of parents and encouraging them to learn both at home and at school. Indeed, we see homework as an important way of establishing a successful dialogue between teachers’ and parents.
One of the aims of our school is for children to develop as independent learners. We believe that homework is one of the main ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.
After School Clubs
The school provides a variety of after school clubs, which normally run for the period of one hour after school. The following clubs are currently being run at the school:
- Literacy Booster Classes
- Numeracy Booster Classes
- Quranic/Arabic Language Club
- Tajweed Club
- Cooking Club
- Science Club
- Swimming Club (starting February 2016)
We are always looking for volunteers and parents to help out in various clubs, if you can spare some time between 3:15-4:15, we would love to hear from you.
We have a number of After school clubs that run offsite, whereby we have teamed up with local organisations to allow for our children to access clubs such as Archery and Swimming.
Lunches and Break Times
An external caterer (independent to the school, Hygiene certificate has been verified) has a contract with parents, whereby he supplies hot lunches for children at our school. If your child requires hot lunches, these have to be booked and paid for either one week prior or paid for the whole half term at the beginning of the half term.
Alternatively, parents are advised to arrange a packed lunch for their child. All packed lunches must be brought in a plastic container or lunch boxes with the child’s name clearly marked outside. We do not allow children to eat sweets, chocolate bars and bubblegum as part of their packed lunch, although chocolate biscuits are accepted. If you wish to provide your child with a drink, we recommend that it is not fizzy and must be brought in a plastic bottle or carton.
Children are allowed to go home during lunch break; however, this must be with parental supervision. The lunch period is from 11.45 to 12.30 pm for Reception and KS1 (year 1-2) and 12:30 to 1:15 for KS2 (year 3-6).We are happy for the children to bring in a piece of fruit or similar for their break time snack.
Children in the reception class can contribute 50p per week, which goes towards the daily fruit provision for that class.
Educational visits bring life to a subject that is being taught in the classroom.
Educational visits are planned as part of the school’s curriculum to suit the ages, aptitudes
and abilities of the children taking part. Through the visits we aim to broaden the
children’s experience with activities that develop their enthusiasm and enjoyment for
Parents and teachers share a common interest and purpose to ensure that children continue to make progress. Most problems, when they arise can be dealt with by co-operation between home and school.
However, some children may require learning support due to behavioural, emotional or learning related difficulties, which may further require further investigation. The school will involve the parents as soon as possible and discussions will take place to ascertain the best course of action to be taken. Often early intervention will enable the child to make sufficient progress so that no further action will be required.
Learning support for children with English as an additional language (EAL)
At The Wisdom Academy, all children are assessed upon entry, if the baseline test and admission test indicate that the child needs extra support in English (phonics, functional English or speaking and listening skills) then we set up an individual education plan (IEP) for that child, which allows for the school to provide intervention classes and provide supplementary work to help that child progress, this will usually involve several meetings with parents in the early stages to help set targets and follow up actions, we ask parents to support us in this initiative.
Assemblies are a very important part of our school. They contribute to the individuals personal development as well as the social and moral values underpinned by Islamic teachings, which we consider part of the school ethos. The Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher, and other staff members will conduct weekly assemblies.
Pupils are also encouraged to contribute to school assemblies individually and in groups.
How pupils are taught
We believe excellent teaching gives children the life chances they deserve. Our system has been designed not to fail any child. High standards-especially in Arabic, Quran, Literacy and Numeracy are the backbone of success in learning and in life. Our primary school’s education system does not write off any child through low expectations.
Enjoyment is the birthright of every child. However, the most powerful mix is the one that brings the two together. We believe children learn better, when they are excited and engaged – but what excites and engage them best is truly excellent teaching, which challenges them and shows them what they can do. When there is joy in what they are doing, they learn to love learning.
We want every teacher in our school to drive his/her own improvement, to set his or her challenging targets, and to work tirelessly to build on success. However good our school is, for the sake of our children, it can be better.
We use a range of teaching methods
– whole class, small group, paired and individual –
because we believe that children learn in a lot of different ways.
These different methods allow children to develop a deeper understanding of what has
been taught by direct teaching, playing, investigating, exploring, experimenting, problem
solving, listening, researching, interacting and applying what has been learned.
Some subjects are taught through topics, which are changed every term or half-term.
Teachers plan together, sharing ideas, information and expertise to decide the best way
to help the children learn. We are currently updating our whole school curriculum plan
across all the subjects and year groups.
Our curriculum embraces Islamic Studies and the National Curriculum programme of study. Core subjects are Islamic Studies, Arabic, English, Maths and Science.
Subjects will be delivered via a set of well-coordinated and thoroughly planned lessons / topics. PSHE is underpinned by Islamic studies and general assemblies
We will set out firmly curriculum listing the various topics and themes that the children will be studying and any relevant changes to be made.
Children will learn and promote a critical approach to the study of Islamic Studies. Children will gain skills reflected in experience, belief and practices in Islam. We have recently revised our Islamic studies schemes of work to include gradual and progressive targets in areas such as the number of duaas learnt in class as the children move up in the school.
Islamic Studies covers, Stories of the Prophets, Tawheed (Aqeedah), Akhlaq, Duaas, Prayer, Wudhu, Seerah and Fiqh will be covered.
This subject focuses on speaking, reading, writing and listening. Children will grasp the importance of the Arabic language in understanding and reading the Holy Quran. Children will also be able to speak and read Arabic fluently by the end of year 6 and will have a good level of writing also.
Our aim is to focus on reading until Year 1 and when a child is fluent in reading Arabic, we move on to teaching conversational Arabic, covering Arabic grammar, increasing vocabulary and understanding Quranic verses.
The National Curriculum components are:
- · Speaking and listening
- · Grammar and Punctuation
- · Reading
- · Writing including spelling and handwriting
The aim of Mathematics curriculum is to provide children with the ability and confidence to solve real problems in everyday situations by applying their knowledge and skills in handling number, algebra, shape and data. We focus on children being able to recall their times tables, our expectations are such that we set targets for children from Year 6 to be able to recall up to the 20 times tables. The school has a calculation policy, which details the expectations for each year group, also highlighting the methods used by staff to explain and break down specific question types, we share this with parents, who wish to help support their child.
In teaching Science, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of living things, materials and physical processes, which are within their everyday experience.
Pupils’ observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work to gather evidences to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. Children evaluate evidence and consider whether texts or comparisons are fair.
Art, Design and Technology
Focused practical tasks where new techniques and skills are learnt and practiced. Investigating and evaluating simple products.
Children will develop their creative and imaginative skills by experiencing the visual, textile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape, space, pattern and textures.
Pupils’ learn to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They will build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. They learn how to design and make safely and begin to use ICT as part of their designing.
Information and Communication Technology
Pupils’ learn how to use and explore ICT confidently with a purpose to achieve specific outcomes. They start to use ICT to develop their ideas and record their creative work. They become familiar with hardware and software.
We introduced Topic in 2013, to replace Geography and History, Topic covers units of Geography, History, PSHE and Islamic History. Pupils investigate their local area in the United Kingdom or abroad. Pupils find out about both urban and rural areas and the people that live there. They also learn about the wider world and carry out investigations inside and outside of the classroom.
Children will build on their enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about the world. They start to work and play with other children in pairs and small groups by watching, communicating and experiencing. Children develop their skills in movement and coordination and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations
The school holds three parent evenings annually, which provide parents with an opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with their respective teachers and the Head teacher.
The school values the involvement of parents and very much sees the child’s education as a partnership between home and school. Parents are very welcome to visit the school and formal parents’ consultation will be held Insha’Allah.
Should any parent wish to see the Head Teacher we request that an appointment in person or by telephone be made through the school’s office. We will do our best to cater for all needs, Insha’Allah.
There is an agreed procedure set down by the Local Education Authority for dealing with any complaints about the school and other related issues. A copy of the complaints procedure is available from the school. It is hoped that any complaints would be first solved informally and taken to the head teacher. The complaints procedure exists for those parents who also wish to pursue a complaint through more formal channels.
The procedure provides that:
- There should normally be an informal preliminary discussion with the Head Teacher or other appropriate school staff to see if your complaint can be resolved without recourse to the formal procedures;
- Only if an informal complaint fails to resolve the matter, a formal complaint should be made to the head teacher. This complaint must be made in writing, stating the nature of the complaint and how the school has handled it so far. The parent should send this written complaint to the head teacher.
- More details of the procedure are available on our website or a copy of the full procedure can be obtained from the school office.
No. of Official Complaints made last year : NIL
Results from Last Year: 2019
Last year pupils completed end of year tests and SATs. The number of children that exceeded,
met or did not meet the National Average standards in Literacy and Mathematics can be obtained from the School Office.
The information contained in this prospectus relates to the next academic year and the information is correct at the time it is written, but it should not be assumed that there will be no changes before or during the following year. You will be informed by letter of important changes which affect your child.
The contact details of the proprietor are as follows:
Dr. Saeed Alghadi
Address: Flat 3 1A Newman Road
Birmingham, B23 6SN