Darul Uloom Bolton

Darul Uloom Bolton is an Islamic independent secondary school in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.

Al Jamiah Al Islamiyyah
Darul Uloom Bolton
Willows Lane

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School typeFee-paying Independent School
MottoSpiritual Enhancement, Educational Advancement
Religious affiliation(s)Islam
Established1993; 28 years ago (1993)
Local authorityBolton Council
Department for Education URN130285 Tables
Head teacherMr Irfan Ibrahim
Age range11–25
Classes offeredIslamic Theology, Hifz, A-levels, BTEC
LanguageEnglish, Urdu, Bengali, Gujrati, Arabic
Test average% achieving 5+ A* – C – 52%
School feesBoarding: £2,950
Day students: £1,650


The institute was founded in 1993[1] and initially was based at Bromley Cross in the northern part of Borough of Bolton. In 2006, due to the growth of the institute and demand in pupil places, the institute decided to sell the Bromley Cross premises for a bigger campus closer to the town centre.[2] A bid was put in by the local council to buy the building and adjacent land to build a new houses.[1] Subsequently, the institute relocated to a former convent, where they are based now.[1] In 2008, a former public house was purchased and turned into a second campus for the institute.[1]


The Darul Uloom strives to produce Islamic scholars of high standards, aiming to include both religious and secular education provisions.[3]

Religious educationEdit

The Islamic education is split into two courses: Islamic Theology course and Hifz course.[3] The Islamic Theology course is for those that want to learn about theological underpinnings of Islam.[4] The curriculum is based on the Dars-i Nizami teaching format that has been in place since the establishment of Darul Uloom Deoband, it is rooted in the Hanafi school of thought. The students are taught many books in relation to Quran, Hadith, Arabic language, grammar and syntax, Islamic jurisprudence, logic and reasoning and public speaking classes. The course is made up of 7 stages. The Hifz course is for those that want to memorise the Quran. This course depends on how long students take to memorise the Quran; they are given the guidance and support by their personal tutor.

Secular educationEdit

The school provides school students from the ages of 11–16 secondary-age teaching, which enables them to sit their GCSEs when they reach years 10 and 11.[3] The school offers many subjects to choose to study at GCSE level, including but not limited to Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages and Citizenship.[5] Beyond GCSEs, the school also allows students to complete A-Level and BTEC courses.[3]

Ofsted InspectionEdit

The institute has had many continuous Ofsted inspections, and it is currently 'Inadequate'.[6] It previously had a rating of 'Requires improvement'.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "About – Al-Jamiatul Islamiyah". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  2. ^ "History of Al Jamiah". boltondarululoom.org.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Courses – Al-Jamiatul Islamiyah". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Islamic Theology". www.islam101.com. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Secular Curriculum". boltondarululoom.org.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  6. ^ Ofsted Inspection Team (25 June 2019). "Standard inspection: Inadequate". ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  7. ^ Ofsted Inspection Team (17 April 2018). "Standard inspection: Requires Improvement". ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2021.

Coordinates: 53°34′02″N 2°27′27″W / 53.5673°N 2.4575°W / 53.5673; -2.4575