A Kirklees' Muslim girls’ school has passed an emergency inspection by Ofsted.

The unannounced visit to Zakaria Muslim Girls’ High School, which takes pupils from across Kirklees, was carried out at the request of the Department for Education. The result has just been published.

Inspectors were called in to check that the 147-pupil Batley school was complying with new independent school standards, introduced earlier year, regarding the safeguarding of students.

In particular, they commented on the school’s policy towards radicalisation and female genital mutilation (FGM).

But they were unable to talk to students during the visit due to the festival of Eid.

An Ofsted spokesman said: “The school’s policies and procedures for safeguarding students meet requirements.

“The school’s safeguarding policy was reviewed and approved by the governing body in September 2015.

Zakaria Muslim Girls' School complies with independent school standards (stock image)

“It covers all the requirements outlined in the latest statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (July 2015), including the latest requirements relating to children missing from education, preventing radicalisation and female genital mutilation.

“The school’s leaders know that they have a mandatory duty to report visually confirmed or verbally disclosed cases of female genital mutilation in girls under 18 to the police.

“Officers from the local ‘Prevent’ strategy are providing training and guidance for staff.

“All staff have undertaken training in safeguarding students. They have received the latest statutory guidance, and have confirmed in writing that they have read and understood the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures.

“The school ensures that students and parents are aware of possible misuse of the internet, social media sites and texting.

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Inspectors added that the school’s website is currently being updated, following the “recent review, revision and approval of a wide range of school policies.”

The school is a day school with annual fees of £1,150. It opened in 1982 in response to parents’ demands for a local Muslim school.

It is located on two sites within walking distance of each other in a residential area of Batley. Most students are from Indian and Pakistani heritages and live in Kirklees and surrounding areas.