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Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School

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Established  1984 (1984)
Executive Principal  Mufti Hamid Patel
Phone  +44 1254 54021
Type  Academy
DfE number  889/4800
Founded  1984
Religion  mainly islam but girls of other religions are welcome
Location  Preston New Road Blackburn Lancashire BB2 7AD England
Address  Preston New Rd, Blackburn BB2 7AD, UK
Local authority  Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Similar  T I Girls High School, Tauheedul Education Trust, Witton Park Academy, Pleckgate High School, Blackburn Central High Sch
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Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School and Sixth Form College (TIGHS) is a secondary school for girls in Beardwood, Blackburn, a community in Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, England. It was founded by the charitable trust Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust (TIFECT), and serves as TIFECT's flagship school. As of September 2013 the school had 800 students.

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History

The school opened as an independent school in September 1984 with six teachers and 96 students. The school stated that its first building was "very old" at the time.

In 2005, the school became the first Muslim state school in the North West. It had previously been an independent school. The school has been a success in school league tables, with 82% of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at grade C or above in 2007, compared to the national average of 46.7%.

In September 2013 the school moved to a new campus in the Beardwood area.

In December 2014 the school converted to academy status.

Student dress and personal behaviour

As of September 2013 10% of the school's sixth form students wear niqabs. According to the Daily Mail, September 2013 the school instituted a rule stating that students had to wear hijabs outside of the school setting, not possess stationery with "unislamic images" such as those of pop stars, and to recite the Qur'an at least once per week. In the same month, Sunday Times published a headline stating that girls were forced to wear hijabs outside of school. In response, Mufti Hamid Patel, the principal, said that "It is totally incorrect to say that pupils are 'forced' to wear hijab outside of school."

On August 17 2014, the Sunday Times published an article describing a 'remarkable transformation at the Tauheedul Islam Girls School' and listed a number of changes the school had made. These included: stricter vetting policies for external speakers, girls no longer being required to wear hijabs (if they didn't want to) and inviting a range of speakers from all faiths to address its pupils. As a result and following no notice Ofsted inspections in July 2014, the school is now seen as a model for other faith schools by the Department for Education.

Awards and nominations

In January 2014, the school was nominated for the Services to Education award at the British Muslim Awards.

References

Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School Wikipedia


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