London,(Muslim News)- Muslim faith schools continue to surpass national GCSE averages, including in modern foreign languages, according to figures exclusively compiled by The Muslim News.
In a survey of last year’s GCSE results at 63 Muslim schools and colleges, 61 per cent of students attained 5 or more A* to C grades [including English and Maths], 11 per cent higher than the national average of 50 per cent.
The performance was even more outstanding in modern foreign languages, with 71 per cent of 1,683 students who sat their GCSE (and equivalent) in Muslim schools and colleges attained at least one A* to C grade, 26 per cent higher than the national average.
Students attending Muslim schools were also found to be excelling in underperforming local authorities, including in Tower Hamlets, where the Muslim community constitute 36.4 per cent of the population, the highest proportion in the country.
In 2009 the Tower Hamlets authority had a 46 per cent pass rate for 5 or more A* to C pass rate (4 percent lower than the national average), but the results at the five Muslim schools in the London borough scored a 63 per cent pass rate.
The results are all the more remarkable by the fact that only 5 of the 63 Muslim schools and colleges in the UK have state-funded voluntary aided status.
One of the voluntary aided schools, Tauheedul Islam Girls School in Blackburn, has been recognised by the Government as one of the top 100 highest achieving schools in the country for the last three years and in 2009 was awarded the Humanities Specialist Status.
Source: Muslim News