Extra Curricular Activities
Our School Library was especially decorated by a local interior designer who created a very serene space for learner’s to use to sit and relax during break and lunch times. We have made effort to ensure the school has an extensive range of reading material within the library. Our chosen school librarians allow pupils to take books home for a week. At break times or Lunch Times the pupils are allowed to sit in the library and use it for reading. This has been very popular among our KS4 pupils.
School Afternoon clubs and after school clubs
Year 10/year 11 students typically run afternoon clubs which include; Nasheed/Drama club, Debates club, meditation club, book club, henna painting, entrepreneur club. Afterschool clubs include Netball club with plans of introducing football club. These are taken by players who also compete locally in competitions with other local teams.
The Schools Work Experience is a real opportunity to broaden pupil’s awareness of what careers are available. Its purpose is to give each pupil the opportunity to experience the world of work at first hand, as well as to assist them in their personal and social development. Our Year 10 pupils with the help of the teacher choose their own work experience and go to ‘work’ for one week in the second term.
Our school arranges regular trips, not only are they educational but also enjoyable. The trips are designed to support the curriculum. We have found from experience that reward trips to ‘crack it’ and ‘escape room’ for select few learners helps to motivate learners and creates healthy competition. Trips within the borough, such as visiting the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery and science fairs also help learners understand the curriculum better.
Career Events / Career Guidance
Bolton Islamic Girls School Works with local colleges and universities to ensure our learners get the chance to participate in Careers Events in our community, these are typically aimed at our KS4 pupils. With a number of colleges, training providers and universities attending, it proves to be a success amongst our pupils, which enables them to have a better understanding in regards to their professional future.
From year 9’s, BIGS provide Career Guidance. This includes an event organised by Manchester MET ‘All girls Can event’ At year 11, Career Guidance also includes a one-2-one session with an external career adviser, who will discuss options and the requirements. Career Guidance is also incorporated with Citizenship, exposing them to skills they need. At year 10, Work Experience is vital, as this gives them a chance to search, apply and work at a placement.
“The girls are a credit to the school and to their families and if they continue as they are they will have no reason not to succeed in their chosen careers.”
“(BIGS school work experience students)…were wonderful last week and are possibly two of the best work placements we have ever had. It was a pleasure to meet them both and I wish them luck with whatever careers they decide to pursue in the future.”
David Ridehalgh, Library Manager, Brierfield Library
Parental involvement / communication
We have a regular programme of subject based assessments as well as homework and class work activities. We ask parents to monitor homework by looking at the planner on a weekly basis and discussing any issues with your child or us as necessary.
At BIGS, we place considerable value on our ‘triangle of care’ recognising that close co-operation and good communication with parents proves beneficial to pupils’ progress.
BIGS gives all of our pupils the best teaching and learning opportunities. We have excellent classes in a warm, friendly and professional environment. Our staff always gives the best care and guidance. In year 10 and 11, students and parents work closely with the staff and head teacher to help ensure that early intervention is present and all learners get the opportunity to gain the support they need at home and school to achieve the results they deserve.
I believe home is where you live with your family, and School, Islamiyah, is where you’re treated as family.”
– Mrs ———-, School PTA
The school works extremely hard with parents to ensure pupils attendance is above the national average. Pupils with 100% attendance are rewarded for their efforts termly; this has proven to be successful. Classes with the best attendance are rewarded in a weekly basis and with 5 minutes earlier break than other classes.
BIGS recognises good effort, kindness towards others, behaviour in lessons and outstanding work. Students, who show these, are awarded with merits, students with the most merits are awarded with special prizes at the end of year assemblies. BIGS believes in highlighting every achievement and students are awarded on a weekly basis with the head teacher gold/silver award. These awards are chosen by teachers for students who have specifically ‘shone’ that week due to outstanding behaviour or work.
“There are many opportunities for promoting personal development. As a result, pupils develop a thirst for learning and behaviour is exemplary.”