Iqra Academy wins two major National Interfaith Education Awards

Head Teacher, Dr Michael Wright, and Mr Tom Wright from Iqra Academy have been awarded two national awards at the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) Annual Interfaith Education ceremony.

On 24th March, Dr Wright was recognised with the Head Teacher Award and Tom Wright, a teacher at the school, won the Health and Wellbeing Award. Iqra Academy is an Islamic independent girl’s school based in Peterborough.

The awards are run by the Association of Muslim Schools UK. The ceremony, which was held in Birmingham, is an annual celebration to acknowledge and reward outstanding contributions in the field of education from all faiths, beliefs and cultures, with the aim of celebrating similarities between cultures but also respecting their differences.

Iqra Academy works closely with and is supported by the Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET). Julie Taylor, chief executive officer of TDET said: “I sincerely admire the way in which Michael has tackled the range of challenges at Iqra Academy and how he has announced himself on the Peterborough educational scene as a man of commitment and professionalism.Having previously worked as an education advisor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Michael has used his extensive knowledge to develop Iqra Academy, resulting in pupil numbers almost tripling since his arrival and fantastic praise from Ofsted.”

Dr Wright said “I would like to thank Julie Taylor and TDET for the nominations and for all their support, which has proved invaluable to the development of Iqra Academy. I have also had great support from the Head Teachers on the Peterborough Partnership of Secondary Schoolsand hope that this national award recognition is another stepping stone in supporting community integration in Peterborough.

“Iqra Academy has no plans to slow down progress and we are hoping to submit a bid to Government for Free School Status, where we would look to move to a larger site in the city centre with a capacity of 600 girls from all faiths. This, along with our intentions to open a boyssecondary school and a mixed primary school in the future, will support the local authority’s commitment in supplying school places for all children in one of the UK’s largest growing cities.”

Tom Wright, winner of the Health and WellbeingAward,has set up a variety of school clubsand teams to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for the students at IqraAcademy. It is through these clubs that Tom has helped support and integrate four Syrian refugee students into the school.

Dr Wrightadded: “It is wonderful to see the school is improving its health and fitness credentials. This would not have been possible without the work of Tom who has gone above and beyond to createfun and interactive ways for the students to engage with their health and wellbeing. He is a true credit to himself and the school.”