Lancashire

Tauheedul to open Muslim boys' free school in Blackburn

A successful Islamic faith school for girls in Lancashire has been given government approval to open a second free school for boys.

Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School, in Blackburn, is to receive funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to run a school for boys aged 11 to 18.

The girls school is rated outstanding by Ofsted and is due to move to a new site at Beardwood.

The boys school will be located at the girls school's Bicknell Street site.

'World class'

A free school is an independently run - but state-funded - organisation set up by parents or other community groups.

Kam Kothia, chairman of Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School, said: "This really is tremendous news for everyone in the community and for all who want the best for Blackburn boys - Muslim and non-Muslim.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world class boys school that will aim to achieve the same standards and exceed the successes of the existing girls school."

The school said it would work with the local authority and other schools to ensure that it complemented the rest of Blackburn's state schools.

The boys school is expected to open in 2012.

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