Statement of Boarding Principles and Practices

At Darul Uloom London, we hope that boarders will lead fulfilling, and happy lives in a comfortable, spiritual and secure environment, so that they may progress in their religious and secular learning.

Darul Uloom London accepts a wide range of pupils of differing abilities and interests and we are happy to accept any boarder who we feel will thrive in our friendly and caring environment. The Senior Management Team handles all registrations and admissions to the school and this is done through a personal interview with the student and his parents, several initial assessments and finally a report from the child’s previous school containing his academic levels and reference to his behaviour. A decision is then made after consultation and admission would either be granted or refused.

Boarding is allocated by age groups, in separate wings and on separate floors. There are experienced Housemasters who are readily available to assist in any issue that may arise and are easily approachable. There are Housemasters who reside on site and are always available should help and/or advice be required. A duty log is kept (Incident Record Sheets) in which minor misconduct and sanctions are recorded. Major incidents requiring formal sanctions, i.e. suspension or exclusion are recorded in the Major Sanctions folder but can only be sanctioned by the Head of Care. Complaints or issues may be raised with Teachers, Housemasters, Apprentices, Senior Management Team, The Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Principal via the school’s open door policy.

There are Independent Listeners available for all students to provide counselling and confidential reporting of issues or concerns. Children generally feel comfortable approaching members of staff if they have a matter or complaint that they wish to discuss. The school has an Islamic foundation that also actively promotes British values, and its religious teachings play an important role in the moral and spiritual development of the students. Welfare support is provided through mentoring by the Boarding staff and the Teachers. Medical care is offered by the appropriately trained Boarding staff and administration staff, who are all trained in Medical Administration and First Aid.

During weekends on site boarders over 16 years of age, are permitted to go to the local town centre for shopping or for local amenities, but must return by the designated time (4 pm). The boarding staff provide a program of activities for evenings and weekends which allow boarders to have access to sports and recreation facilities within the main school campus. Year 7 boarders are allowed to go home every weekend but must return on Sunday before 5.30pm. All other boarders will be allowed to go home every 2 weeks for the weekend.

All pupils are obliged to attend the prayers regularly and on time.

Our aim for each student by the time he graduates is that he:

  • Excels in being an exemplary citizen and contributes to the wider community
  • Develops his understanding to enable him to fit in to society and have a significant impact on clearing misconceptions and assisting in the propagation of co-existence and harmony
  • Establishes a system of contemplation, reflection and personal worship to seek to attain inner peace and harmony
  • Acquires a character that is courageous, kind, merciful, spiritual, wise and one with a strong sense of Taqwa (piety)
  • Learns to incorporate the essential practices and spirit of Islam in his daily life
  • Learns the importance of playing his part in contributing to a family and community
  • Learns the value of service, duty and self-discipline
  • Learns to develop a sense of responsibility for himself and others
  • Appreciates the role and importance of education and character-building
  • Learns the value of friendship, selflessness and helping others
  • Learns to be responsible for his own health and hygiene
  • Appreciates respects and honours the environment.

Bedrooms

  • In the boarding, there will be other students of similar age. However, they may be of different backgrounds and from different places. It is important to get to know your roommates; this is part of learning about our fellow Muslims.
  • There will be a cupboard in the bedroom just for you; this is to contain all your clothing and school books etc.
  • In your bedroom there is a smoke and fire alarm for everyone’s protection. Please do not play with these items for health and safety reasons.
  • NO electrical equipment is allowed in the bedroom. Keeping bedrooms clean and tidy is your responsibility, work out a rota with your room-mates to clean it regularly. The bedrooms will be inspected regularly to ensure that they are clean. Above all, remember Rasulullah (PBUH) has stated that cleanliness is half of Imaan.
  • No food is allowed in the boarding.
  • No medicine is allowed to be taken into the boarding, if you do have any medication, please hand it in to the office upon arrival.
  • Students are encouraged to personalize their rooms in conformity to the principles of Islam, to suit their comfort. E.g. posters, rugs, drawers, curtains and pot plants etc.
  • Students bring their own pillows, blankets and bed sheets to suit their own comfort. In emergency cases the housemasters can be approached to request bedding.

Laundry

Every weekend, all Year 7 students are allowed to go home for the weekend. From Year 8 onwards students will be allowed every two weeks. You wash your clothes and bedding during these breaks. If you wish to wash your clothes whilst at Darul Uloom, there are regular washing facilities available in the laundry room. Check on your Students Notice Board or talk to your Housemaster for more information.

Uniform & Personal Appearance

Students must at all times wear clothes confirming to Islamic Law (Sharia) and adhere to the practices of our Holy Prophet (PBUH) with regards to personal appearance. This means that you must wear a cap and white Jubbah or Shalwar Kamees. The only jumper the students are permitted to wear must be black with no logo and no hoodies.

Smoking and illegal items

Smoking is strictly prohibited. It is a very serious offence to bring cigarettes, Shisha pens, drugs or any such items in to the Darul Uloom. If you are not sure of whether something is allowed or not, then the responsibility is on the student and guardian to clarify before bringing and/or using onsite.

Doctor

The doctor visits the Darul Uloom every Friday; if you need to see him, you do not need to make an appointment. This can be done by asking the on duty housemaster. If it is an emergency, then an on duty housemaster will make an appointment for you to see the doctor at his surgery at the earliest opportunity or arrange for you to be taken to the hospital. Any medication will be stored in the medical room. All medication can only be taken at their prescribed time and under supervision of a member of staff.

First Aiders

Display boards will have up to date information with all first aiders and first aid box locations. They have completed a HSE approved First Aid course and hold a valid certificate of competence in First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW).

Safe Keeping

Darul Uloom London is committed to the welfare, safeguarding and health and safety of all and understands it to be of the highest standard. In addition to clear guidelines for the safety of the pupils’ there is CCTV that has been put in place and which is monitored by designated staff.

It is best to give your money for safe keeping to the school bursar. Do not keep large amounts of money in your pocket or in the bedroom. All students have been allocated a locker. Hence the management will not be responsible. The school bursar is Hafiz Majeed Ullah.

Students are recommended not to have more than £10 pocket money with them during the week.

Fire

If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately and gather at the designated assembly point outside. There are fire escape plans throughout the building. Do not wait for friends or to collect belongings if the fire alarm sounds. There are designated fire marshals in Darul Uloom, if in an event of a fire, please follow their instructions. Do not play with the fire extinguishers or use them without reason. Anyone doing so will be charged and sanctioned appropriately.

Bullying

Darul Uloom has a strict no-bullying policy. Any student found bullying; his parents will be called and may be expelled from the institute as a result. If you are being bullied, then inform someone straight away. Relevant posters have been displayed around Darul Uloom London giving guidance in the event that any student is worried or concerned about any matter. You can find more information about bullying and the procedures that Darul Uloom deal with it by seeing our anti-bullying policy.

Pupils

Darul Uloom London provides a number of responsible adults with whom a pupil can consult. Notices are displayed in the reception area, and other key areas listing who can be approached.

Telephone

There is a pay phone available for students to use. You may make calls using this phone. The numbers are displayed next to the pay phones. But you are only allowed to make calls during break times.


Where can I get help?

If there are any problems, you can get help from;

  1. Your selected Student Council Member
  2. A Housemaster or a member of the boarding staff
  3. Head of Care
  4. Principal
  5. Any member of staff

The Head of Care will:

  • Identify student welfare problems, such as bullying and abuse, which may also lead to a general decline in a student.
  • Liaise with appointed Student Council members, who may be approached by other students in confidence, to identify general problems such as systematic bullying and physical and mental problems that may lead to a child needing support.
  • Report to the principal directly on problems and issues raised by senior students regarding welfare of students
  • Will have attended conferences on behalf of the school, to receive training and advice on matters relating to student welfare.

Main Office: 02082950637

The emergency contact number will be available to all parent/guardians.

 

Boarding structure

In Darul Uloom London there is a clear cut boarding management structure which is:

  1. Head of Care and Boarding (Moulana Dawood Khan)
  2. House Master (Hafiz Majeed)
  3. House Master (Hafiz Dilhaj Aziz)
  4. Housemaster (Ibtesham Choudhury)

The principal will take over Head House master responsibilities in case of sickness and the time of urgency. We may also use our teachers as a backup for boarding supply staff in case of urgency.

Student Council members

These are appointed students elected and agreed upon by the students and staff who can be a point of call for advice and guidance in general terms and should not be expected to deal or be referred to in sensitive matters as they too are students. The appointed students are respected by their peers. They are trustworthy and honest, which ensures they are elected by their fellow students rightfully.

Mobility Restrictions

Students faced with mobility restrictions should notify the housemasters or the school office ASAP. Appropriate and necessary adjustments will then be made to provide ease of mobility and access to boarding and school accommodation and facilities. Prior to enrolment, an individual healthcare plan will be made for anyone with mobility restrictions.

Personal Study

You can study in your bedrooms and there are designated classrooms open for you to study in the evening and at break times.

Personal preparation of meals

The school provides the students with lockers and fridge/freezer facilities to store their personal groceries, fridge/freezers are cleaned out fortnightly. Toasters, microwaves and kettles are also provided in the dining hall for students to prepare their own meals.

Tuck shop and book shop

The tuck shop and the book shop stock healthy foods, personal hygiene products and stationary products.

Sports and clubs

Sports –  football, pool, table tennis, air hockey and carom boards

Clubs – ICT, reading, martial arts

Recreational Areas

Students can utilise indoor facilities such as pool, table tennis, carom boards etc. There are also outdoor facilities such as the football pitch. If students want some time to themselves, the library, masjid, private study rooms or football pitch can be utilised.

Access to Information

Newspapers are made available for reading, internet facilities, PSHE and citizenship assemblies.

Local amenities

Over 16’s are permitted to go to the local town centre and utilize local amenities such as the library.

Independent Listener

Moulana Yasir:  07947174221

Dr O Sarker: 07766687554

Please do not hesitate to talk to any of the staff or go to the principal if there are any problems. If you do not wish to talk in person with someone, then there is a letter box at the office and a suggestion box in the which you can raise any concerns in confidentiality and anonymously.

Holiday & Term dates

The holiday and term dates will be given to the parents at the beginning of the New Year. It is also available on the school website. Year 7 students will go home once a week for the weekend. On the date of returning from a holiday, parents must bring their child before the gates closing time at 5.30pm.

Leave is only given under strict circumstances for important events/appointments such as a hospital appointment. Permission will be given for leave for weddings in the immediate family only. All requests must be sent via the Darul Uloom email at least 72 hours prior. This is to give enough time for decisions by the management. In emergency circumstances exceptions will be made.

 

Time Table:

Salah will be prayed on its appointed time and the timetable will reflect that. The timetable for the day is as follows:

7.00am Breakfast served in the dining hall
8.00am Classes start
10.30am Morning break
10.50am Classes restart
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Midday prayers (Zohar)
1.45pm Prayers end
1.50pm Secular studies lessons
5.45pm Break time (self-catering facilities)
7.15pm Homework and revision time (under supervision)
9.00pm Dinner
10.00pm Sleep-time

Note

  1. If a student is involved in any one of the following he may be subject to a disciplinary which may also involve going home late.
  2. Being absent from class twice in two weeks, without permission and valid reason.
  3. Missing Salah twice in a two week period
  4. Keeping the room untidy at any time
  5. Misbehaving in the premises after being warned
  6. Failing to arrive for 15 minutes before Jummuah Salah.
  7. Going to each other’s rooms and wondering around during the night
  8. Throwing rubbish out of the windows
  9. Any other complaint which may be considered to be serious
  10. Access is restricted to the boarding areas by outside people. Visitors are strictly not allowed in the boarding area at all under no circumstances. Parents/guardians visiting their child will be only permitted in certain areas of the school.
  11. Students should sign in before 6pm when returning from any weekend break or holiday.
  12. Parents must not enter the boarding under any circumstances unless they are escorted by a member of staff

The school operates a safe recruitment procedure, including DBS checks on all staff volunteers and any other contractors in regular contact with pupils, including volunteers and staff employed by another organization.

For further information on Darul Uloom, School policies are available on the ‘policies’ section of the website. Hard copies are also available upon request.