We are immensely proud that Al-Manar is one of most successful supplementary schools in Manchester. We have been operating since 2001 and cater for more than 450 students (boys and girls) nursery to “A” level.
School subjects are interrelated. When the aim is to learn Arabic, Islamic studies reinforce such learning and the outcome will be sound Arabic language. Furthermore, exposure to mathematical, scientific, historical and geographical concepts will enhance the learning of Arabic. These concepts are provided within selected Arabic texts. In this way we achieve two aims: teaching the language and providing knowledge. The language our students learn will serve a variety of purposes such as reading and understanding the Quran, reading daily newspapers, dealing with the media in general, advertising, everyday language and last, but not least, comprehending the knowledge expounded by appropriate texts. ( please see curriculum details for each stage in separate sections)
We use the Jordanian syllabus at Al-Manar School. Our highly qualified teachers are, however, trained to handle the syllabus in an open-minded way. They are capable of adapting the syllabus to suit our children and their needs. They are also trained to find other material to bridge the gaps that occur in any syllabus towards the end of matching the special needs of our population. They know how to handle the children as individuals each with different potential and capability. Taking account of the work required by children attending both English school and Arabic school, our teachers know how to treat the children in their care with motherly affections as well as with parental strictness so that they do not lose control.
The teaching staff are all qualified including the nursery teachers who are qualified Nursery Nurses trained in early year’s education provision.
There are 17 classes in total ranging from a well run Nursery to year 6. The school is also catering for children of secondary school age as well as ‘A’ level. The GCSE and ‘A’ level provision take place only on Sunday. The pre- GCSE, GCSE, ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level groups study the Arabic syllabus and prepare to achieve top grades year on year. In year 2008 two of our students obtained the highest grade among the top ten candidates in the country. As well as in ‘A’ level our students obtain top mark.
The school is an exam centre for EDEXCEL examinations. There is an overall ethos of emphasising and utilising the mother tongue of the children to enhance their learning experiences. We make sure the curriculum matches the interest, aptitudes and needs of our students by:
- Continuous feedback from parents via questionnaires.
- Reflection from students.
- Feedback from teachers.
- Primary: Year One to Six
- Secondary: pre-GCSE, GCSE, AS and A Level
Classes are held 3 days a week:
- Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
- Sunday from 10am to 3.30pm.