A SCHOOL has been given an ‘inadequate’ rating in a damning report by education chiefs.

Dar-Ul-Madinah school in Blackburn was given the lowest rating in three out of four areas after the Ofsted inspection in May.

The report highlighted issues such as pupils making ‘slow progress’ and pupils’ personal development and behaviour ‘requiring improvement.’

Inspectors said: “Pupils make slow progress.

“They do not make enough progress to enable them to work at standards expected for their age in phonics and mathematics.

“Pupils’ personal development and behaviour require improvement.

“Teaching does not foster self-motivation, effort, concentration and pupils’ ability to think for themselves in an age appropriate way.”

The independent school in Granville Road teaches pupils aged five and six. It only opened in September 2017 and is run by a trust.

But the report praised the school for its ‘happy atmosphere’, with staff said to be ‘encouraging and kind’ and pupils ‘polite and cooperative’.

They also said pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills are developed well and British values are endorsed in the school’s values and respected by pupils.

Inspectors added: “Trustees have established detailed curriculum plans and schemes of work that, if implemented effectively, provide pupils with a broad range of experiences.”

It comes after the Dar-Ul-Madinah pre-school for children aged three to four years old was also given an ‘inadequate’ rating following an inspection in March.

Inspectors raised concerns that children’s safety was put at risk by ‘inadequate’ working practices including not checking whether new staff had criminal records.

The school was unavailable for comment.