Mystery surrounds closure of Muslim girls’ school

The Mohiuddin International Girls College which has closed down.

The Mohiuddin International Girls College which has closed down.

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Burnley’s international Muslim girls’ school has closed.

The Mohiuddin International Girls’ College, which opened in the historic former Burnley College building in 2010, had suffered from low numbers of pupils in recent years.

It was reported in August last year that the school had been put up for sale for £2.5m., but was remaining open.

The new Principal at the time, Miss Shenaz Saddique, remained confident the school would continue, but said she wanted to see more local families send their children.

She said a new management and marketing team had been put in place, and the college wanted to become a more central part of the Burnley community. But, a year later, it appears the school, which attracted students from as far away as Pakistan, India, Kenya and Canada, is no longer a viable option.

Miss Saddique said last year the college, run by the charitable Mohiuddin Trust, based in Birmingham, would relocate its boarders to a school in the Midlands should it fail to attract more students.

The Trust was set up by Pakistan-based scholar Sheikh Peer Alla Udin Siddique to create more educational opportunities for young women.

The college catered for girls aged 16-plus to undertake a four-year programme of study which prepares them as “Islamic scholars”. They took the Alima programme, an Islamic teaching programme for young women, alongside GCSEs and A-Levels.

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