PMGHS was established in 1989 by a group of local volunteers. Their ambition was to provide an outstanding educational experience with a strong Islamic character that would develop each and every pupil to achieve her full spiritual, moral, social and educational potential. A deep appreciation of our faith is at the heart of everything we do. At PMGHS we combine traditional values with forward-looking and vibrant learning so that our young people are nurtured to become considerate, confident and well-rounded Muslimahs. We have created an atmosphere where expectations are high, ambitions are great and values are deeply rooted; where pupils grow in confidence and are able to pursue their dreams. Pupils and staff are expected to work hard, to take pride in what they do and to be directed by their inner moral compass. Values of patience, modesty, gratitude, humility and sincerity are constantly encouraged. Our school provides a warm and welcoming environment where every pupil feels truly part of our inclusive family.
We Value… Spirituality
Spirituality is the heartbeat of our school. Although the school has grown considerably, our mission and values have remained unchanged since it was founded and continue to be based on the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) and teachings of the Qur’an.
In a modern and multi-cultural world, it is essential that pupils respect and understand those of different faiths and cultures. We have taken lessons of respect and tolerance from our faith and embedded them in our curriculum, Form Time discussions, Halaqah topics, assemblies and all of the community and fundraising work that we do.
We promote both Islamic and British values, encouraging all members of the school to act in a way, which reflect our morals of Patience, Modesty, Gratitude, Humility and Sincerity. We nurture young Muslimahs who embody the teachings of our religion whilst showing consideration for the beliefs of others.
We Value… Success
PMGHS is an outstanding school! Don’t take our word for it, just look at what the Department of Education say about us. For three successive years we have been one of the Top 100 non-selective state schools in the country. In 2016 over 44% of all GCSE grades achieved at the school were at A and A*. By choosing our school you know that you are choosing the best. We have very high expectations of our teachers and our pupils and we set all pupils challenging targets to help exceed their potential. We develop the self-confidence of pupils by providing an outstanding level of support and as a result, our girls routinely achieve far greater than their expectations.
We are always delighted to see our former pupils serve the community as doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants and a variety of other professions.
We Value… Learning
It is through outstanding teaching that our pupils make exceptional progress. We are blessed with teachers who are passionate, committed and most importantly specialists in their respective subjects. They inspire our pupils to make the most out of their learning. As the school continues to grow and inevitable changes are made, one thing that remains consistent is the excellent quality of teaching.
At PMGHS we have created an environment where the inquisitive minds of our pupils are not only fed with the fruits of knowledge but are also provided with the skills to learn on their own. Achievement, curiosity and confidence are some of the aspects which we actively encourage in all lessons. We create independent thinkers who are not afraid to express their opinions but at the same time learn to respect the views of others.
We Value… Experience
Our pupils study a wide range of subjects and follow a broad curriculum which includes three languages starting in Year 7, separate sciences at GCSE level and a creative curriculum that works in tandem with our academic curriculum. We value the outstanding quality of what our girls experience both in and outside the classroom. Our pupils daily experience a strong Islamic ethos through all learning/activities in school.
Each term we organise themed Enrichment Days that address a range of topics such as the Olympic Games, Business and Enterprise, Tomorrow’s Engineers and Future Medics. Pupils benefit by working alongside visiting speakers with an array of experience such as Members of The Houses of Parliament, charity officials and successful professionals. We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities including a thriving Duke of Edinburgh programme that sees our girls camping and hiking across the North West, developing their teamwork and leadership skills.
We Value… Every Pupil
Happiness and well-being go hand in hand at PMGHS. Our core Islamic values create a caring and supportive environment which is evident in every facet of the school.
Every pupil, regardless of ability, will have their needs met at PMGHS. Our curriculum is designed to challenge and enhance the minds of all pupils. Support for pupils with particular needs is provided, both in and out of the classroom, allowing all pupils the opportunity to reach their full potential. In short, at PMGHS we nurture the potential of all pupils at all levels from all backgrounds, regardless of their needs.
Pupils play a vital role in decision making at the school. Through our Student Council and Student Shura (spirituality group), pupils are involved in shaping the future of their school on a diverse range of issues, such as food choices in the canteen, the development of the new prayer facilities and the introduction of the new school uniform. Every girl that attends PMGHS will receive all the support that she needs academically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. PMGHS is a family and we believe that by the time our girls are ready to leave, we will have helped them flourish into strong Muslimahs.
We Value… Community
Preston Muslim Girls High School was established by the community and it still sits at the heart of the community. We are a local school delivering outstanding performance in an Islamic setting. Pupils engage in projects with care homes, children’s hospices and many local charities. The people who attend the school and those who work in it are at the centre of everything that we do.
As a school, we have a duty to understand our responsibilities as part of a bigger picture. Every pupil takes part in the Orphan Sponsorship Programme, which instils within them qualities of compassion, care and gratitude. Through charity collections, weekly discussions of current affairs and the mirroring of national events such as the EU Referendum, Holocaust Memorial Day and National Science Week we ensure that all of our pupils develop the understanding of their roles as British citizens. We also raise their sights and recognise that we are all members of one ummah, sharing one planet that we must all care for. Ultimately, we are a local school whose pupils understand the vital role we all play in a wider world.
We Value… Our Image
The crescent reminds us of our shared past as Muslims. It is the defining symbol used by Muslim leaders and rulers throughout history and can be seen on domes, flags and printed on coins.
Notice how the new logo consists of five different colours and it is made of five crescents of different sizes. This variety in size and colour represents the diversity of our school. Our learners are like a wonderful array of colours: all different, from different backgrounds and with differing abilities. They fit together to make a single shape. The remarkable way that these different strands complement each other is what makes PMGHS such a beautiful place to attend.
The different sizes of the crescents show how our learners develop academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially over the five years they are at PMGHS, growing in knowledge and understanding as they progress.
Finally, there are five colours to represent the five year groups in the school; the five pillars of Islam and the five core values that the school stands for: Patience, Modesty, Gratitude, Humility and Sincerity.
They ask you (O Muhammad S.A.W.) about the crescents. Say, “These are signs to mark fixed periods of time for mankind…) so that they mark their acts of worship and the time of their Hajj.’’ (2:189)