History of the School

Islamiyah School was established in 2000 due to demand from the local community. It was started with just 20 girls in Year 7. The School made progress quickly and met all the requirements set down by HM Inspector and the School was approved and registered by the Department for Education and Skills in February 2003. In our  OFSTED inspection in November 2014 we improved our rating for the quality of our education from ‘good’ to ‘good with outstanding features’. In our most recent OFSTED inspection in July 2018 we have been rated outstanding in all areas.


The school is exceptionally successful in achieving its aim of ‘Offering a broad and balanced curriculum alongside a positive understanding of Islam, to equip every pupil with skills to be a successful learner, confident individual and responsible British citizen.’ Ofsted 2018

Biography: Salma Patel

After completing my BSc. in Applied Chemistry at University of Central Lancashire, I worked as an Industrial Chemist for 10 years. During this time, I studied for a Diploma in IT and Health Studies with Liverpool Hope University. I then went on to do my PGCE in Secondary Science (11-18) at Edge Hill University.

I went on to work as a supply teacher for various schools in and around Lancashire before completing my NQT at Preston Muslim Girls High School. I came to Islamiyah Girls High School in 2013 as a Keystage 3 Science Teacher and progressed on to teach Keystage 4 Science. 

I oversaw the transition to the new curriculum for both keystage 3 and keystage 4 Science and thereby developed a firm understanding of the science curriculum.

My passion to support community work and support those who are less fortunate enabled me to oversee many projects at Islamiyah Girls High School including Food Drive, MacMillan Coffee Mornings, fundraising for the school itself, fundraising for Islamiyah Girls High School’s 7 Orphan Children annually, etc.

I have been empowered by education and believe that my zeal for learning has enabled me to progress this far and pray that it continues to allow me to grow personally and professionally. I am therefore passionate that all the pupils who come to Islamiyah Girls High School have same or better opportunities to pave a bright and secure future for themselves because I firmly believe in our motto that “When we educate a girl, we educate an entire Nation”.

Salma Patel

Interim Headteacher

“Leaders are highly ambitious for the school and its pupils. They have ensured that the quality of education that the school provides has improved strongly since the last inspection, so it is now outstanding in all areas”

Ofsted 2018