About Us

The Story Of Al-Rayyan School

In 2002 two sisters volunteered to meet up in the porta-cabin at Camberley masjid to teach their children Arabic alphabets, Quran recitation and Islamic studies. Gradually other sisters joined and by the end of 2004 fifteen children would arrive at the port-a-cabin on Saturday mornings to get together and learn about Islam and the Quran. A nominal charge of £2 per term was introduced to cover the cost of paper and pens. 

Children were asked to arrive at 10am and be picked at 1pm. A set of Islamic Studies text books were introduced to provide ‘consistent learning’ to all children. The very first set of books were introduced by Sr Zahida and Br Iqbal and following advice from Br Farid the curriculum was implemented. As more families joined, further structure was introduced and the very first head teacher of the school, sister Zoya Samad took on the much-required administrative role in 2006. The volunteer staff were assigned responsibility of certain subjects playing to their strengths and by 2007; the headteacher had set up a school calendar, staff rota and end of year exams. With the increase in student numbers and the varying ages of students the needs of the school were out-growing the port-a-cabin. The older boys were moved to the library and were taught by Br Farid, Br Iqbal and Br Salem (currently Senior Boys teacher at AR School). Student numbers steadily increased and it became necessary for the volunteers to look for alternative facilities to run the classes. A governing body was set up to support the volunteers in managing the growth and progress of the school. Fees were introduced to cover costs of hiring a premises and a bank account was opened. It was at this time that the school website was set up. The website was designed by a volunteer and to this day is hosted, without charge, by a member of the community. In 2010 the venue of the school moved to a primary school in Bagshot. This was a very busy time for the head teacher and the staff. Admission forms, new procedures and processes were implemented for e.g., fire drills, first aid training, newsletters, DBS checks etc. Sr Zoya notes that despite the challenges, she enjoyed setting up the processes and structure that set the foundations of the school and always had support from staff, parents and the wider community. In 2011 the head teacher also arranged the school’s very first ‘school trip’ to Regents Mosque London. Since then an out of school learning activity is planned for students every year. In 2012 Sr Hina Ashraf became head teacher at Al Rayyan and introduced Salah to the school’s timetable. Sr Hina also set up and implemented the school’s first Child Protection, Behaviour and HOW WE GOT HERE Page 4 Health & Safety policies. It was during this time that the school syllabus was updated and job roles within the school were formalised. Alongside all the head teacher activities the governing body finalised the school’s constitution and the school was registered as a charity. Today, our head teacher Dr Humaira Ahmed has effectively established the school policies and procedures and has promoted the school’s standing in the community. Under her guidance the school has grown with new classes for senior girls and boys and an additional class to support progress of our younger students. Sr Humaira also ensures the staff undergo annual training and has established good working relationships with all the school’s stakeholders. Al Rayyan School has 95 + students and 18 volunteering staff. It has established strong links with external partners; Surrey Ethnic Minority Forum, Surrey Heath Inter faith Group, Surrey Heath Muslim Association, United Muslimah Group and others. The school regularly supports local charities and invites members of the wider community at an annual picnic event. Sr Zahida, (deputy head teacher of the school) was the very first sister who with herfriend started meeting up at Camberley masjid in 2002. She notes that over the years, Muslim brothers and sisters from all backgrounds were able to get together and work together, unified by their common goal to provide a safe environment of learning for their children. Sr Zahida also believes that the English language, common among us all has enabled us to work together as a community and build friendships and understanding.

Our Teachers

Head Teacher

Humaira Ahmad

Reception Teacher

Farzana Ahmed

Reception volunteer

Kalsoom Shafi

Year 1

Mamoona Asif

Year 2

Nyla Bashir

Year 2

Rachida Bennagi

Year 3/ Deputy HT

Zahida Norat

Year 3

Qur’an teacher – Zarin Anika

Year 4

Ayesha Subhan

Year 5

Riffat Salman

Year 6

Norhayati Che Morad

Senior Girls

Rajaa Dabab

Senior Boys

Mohammad Salem Sabur

1-2-1 lessons

Nahrin Choudhury

Volunteer

Nayyar Nasim

activities and achievements​

AlRayyan students do assembly presentations twice a year during our AGM and end of year award ceremony in front of very excited and enchanted parents.

Ma sha Allah

They also take part every year in annual Qirat and Speech competition organised by SHMA for local community and win a number of prices. We couldn’t be prouder of our students and their achievements that we were able to witness over the years.

Alhamdolillah.

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END OF YEAR PICNIC 2016-17
For the last three years we have been celebrating our end of year results day with a presentation assembly where our students are awarded with certificates and gifts. The awards presentation culminates with the annual Al-Rayyan School Picnic where many activities and stalls are set-up to entertain the students and their families. This is also an opportunity for the community to attend including neighbours, local religious leaders and Bagshot school staff
REGENTS PARK MOSQUE
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Teachers, parents and students came together to partake in the annual Al Rayyan trip to Regents Park Mosque in London where the students took the opportunity to learn more about our faith within this notable centre of Islamic learning. Students offered their Salah in the congregational prayers which was a great experience praying in a mosque of this size. Students also toured the building viewing Islamic calligraphy and architecture.
FRIMLEY LODGE PARK

Although the annual school trip was met with showers this year, it certainly was not a wash out! Parents and students came prepared for the day where they enjoyed a variety of activities such as 5-aside football, nature trails and games. Everyone enjoyed the wide range of picnic food including signature dishes made by some parents.

END OF YEAR PICNIC 2017-18

We celebrate our end of year results day with a presentation assembly where our students are awarded with certificates and gifts. The awards presentation culminates with the annual Al-Rayyan School Picnic where many activities and stalls are set-up to entertain the students and their families.
This is also an opportunity for the community to attend including neighbours, local faith leaders and Bagshot school staff.

PEACE EVENT

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Surrey Heath Faith Forum organized a Peace day event in Woking. Our students presented a “Muslim peace song” and participated in Peace poster and song competitions. Alhamdulillah, we had a strong turnout and eight of our students won prizes on the day. The event was arranged to demonstrate that all religions believe in peace. It was heartening to see our students integrating with peers and adults from various faith groups promoting community coherence and good will.

QIRAT AND SPEECH COMPETITION

Surrey Heath Muslim Association (SHMA) held a Qirat and Speech competition in Frimley. Al-Rayyan students took part in the event and also won trophies and medals for their performance.

END OF YEAR PICNIC 2018-19
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We celebrate our end of year results day with a presentation assembly where our students are awarded with certificates and gifts. The awards presentation culminates with the annual Al-Rayyan School Picnic where many activities and stalls are setup to entertain the students and their families. This is also an opportunity for the community to attend including neighbours, local faith leaders and Bagshot school staff.

EID PARTY

We organized an Eid Party for our students where they came dressed in their favourite Eid outfits to celebrate the occasion. In addition to their regular classroom-based learning, the children were treated to an extended playtime where they enjoyed some outdoor fun within the school premises. Our staff and volunteers prepared a selection of sweet and savoury snacks for the students to mark the religious celebration.

Charity and Our Community

Charities

cake sale for yemen​

In March this year Al-Rayyan staff and students brought in delicious home-made and ready-made cakes and biscuits to support the Yemen Food Appeal. A total amount of £273.14 was raised for the Yemen Food Appeal and the funds collected were sent to Yemen via the global charity Ummah Welfare Association. Our thanks go out to all who supported this event with special recognition to one of our parents, Mrs Sheully Sattar who helped arrange the event.

Charities

eid present donations for syrian children​

The students participated in an event which sought to generate awareness of the plight of Muslim children around the world and help contribute towards the aid given to support them.

A total amount of £570 was collected through generous donations from students, parents and staff. This was used to purchase small presents as well as food items and toiletries for Syrian refugee families. The students made 82 colourful Eid Cards for their brothers and sisters in Syria.

Charities

rohingya muslim refugees​

Staff and students donated generously to help Muslim refugees in Bangladesh. A total amount of £227.17 was collected and delivered directly to the refugees through a relative of one of the parent Mrs Shapna Chowdhry.

Charities

macmillan cake sale​

Al-Rayyan supported a charity cake sale where staff and students had the opportunity to buy delicious homemade and ready-made cakes and biscuits to support Macmillan Cancer Support.
A total amount of £150 was raised for the charity which provides support from the moment someone is diagnosed through their treatment and beyond. Our thanks go out to everyone who supported this worthwhile cause.

Charities

Camberley All Night Cafe

This year we communicated our support for the Camberley All Night Cafe for the Homeless. This  initiative serves veterans and the homeless and provides delicious free home cooked meals, complimentary drinks and refreshments throughout the night and a hearty hot breakfast is served at 7am. We will be  encouraging, staff, parents and students to donate specific food items weekly to place as a donation for this cause if they wish.

More information can be found on the link below:
https://camberleyallnightcafe.co.uk

Charities

collection for syrian families​

Staff and students donated generously for Syrian families coming to Surrey Heath. A total amount of £610.70 was collected during the summer picnic on 21st July 2018.

Charities

small business setup​

The parents and staff at Al Rayyan supported an initiative in Bangladesh to setup small businesses. A total amount of £366.01 was collected through donations which contributed towards the setup and running of small independent businesses to generate much needed income for families. Our thanks go out to everyone who supported this worthwhile cause.

Charities

help the orphans​

The staff and governors donated on two occasions for orphans in Malaysia and Morocco. In December 2018, the collection raised £570 which was donated to orphans in Malaysia and in May 2019, the second collection raised £330 which was donated to orphans in Morocco.

Charities

gifts for children​

Staff and governors donated generously for a charity initiative organized through muslimhands.org.uk providing orphaned or disadvantaged children a gift. The amount of £400 raised was used to buy practical
items such as a school bag or equipment, together with items designed to bring a smile such as toys and sweets.

Our Governing Team

The strength of the school is its staff, volunteers and the support it receives from the community. Over the years various governing body members and teachers have made very many invaluable contributions to the school and we would like to thank each and every one of them.

Shahnaz Sheikh

Parent Governor

Shaheda Norat

Staff Governor/ Bursar

Mehnaz Quraishi

Parent Governor

Farzana Ahmed

Staff governor

Inga Kacerauskaite

Parent Governor

Mohammed Salem Sabur

Staff Governor

Hina Khan

Admin

Shaheda Norat

Bursar

CONSTITUTION: Minutes of Meeting available on request.