IT is among the top schools in Bolton and now it is is one of the best in the country – after the government’s education watchdog marked it as outstanding.

Bolton Muslim Girls School was given the highest possible mark by Ofsted, which found it to be close to perfect.

Inspectors reported: “Achie-vement is outstanding. From starting points when they join the school in year seven, all students and groups of students make exceptional progress across all years and a wide range of subjects.

“They reach standards which are well above national averages by the time they leave school.”

All areas of the school’s achievement, teaching, behav-iour and leadership, were given a grade one score, indicating they were outstanding.

Ofsted said: “A distinctive feature of this school is the success it achieves in blending the academic progress of the students with their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Inspectors added that this, coupled with the enrichment opportunities, including week-ly community service act-ivities for pupils, had created “a cohesive and caring society where students recognise their responsibilities to those in the school and the wider community”.

Headteacher Mubaaruck Ibrahim was singled out for praise and described as providing “skilful and inspirational guidance”.

Ofsted highlighted how governors, with the support of a consultant, have identified their development needs and undergone training.

Last year Bolton Council issued the body with a formal warning notice over “a number of concerns about the governance”.

Inspectors added that the body has a good understanding of the school’s performance and provides strong support to the headteacher.

Ofsted said the only area that could be improved was to “build on the outstanding practice in teachers’ marking”.

Mr Ibrahim said: “To be graded outstanding in all categories is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, learners, governors and trustees and the support of our parents and local community. The past six years have been an amazing transformational journey for Bolton Muslim Girls’ School from independent school status to an outstanding school.

Gulam Patel, chair of Bolton Muslim Welfare Trust, said: “All involved in the school have worked enormously hard. Bolton can be proud.”