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The value of education cannot be defined in terms of academic grades alone. Equally important is the Islamic personality (tarbiyyah) of our pupils and it is here that our ‘Leadership program’ is key.

Our Vision:

 Al-Khair School creates future leaders with a humanitarian and Islamic perspective which truly does allow the pupils who leave the school to be Ambassadors of Islam

Although we take great pride in our academic achievements, academic success and excellence are seen as a consequence of good character.

At our school, we believe that educational advancement should not be limited to school performance and league tables. We believe in providing our students with a balanced and stimulating educational experience.

Therefore, we have devised a creative and rich 5-year program which will develop key leadership skills into our pupils – from the art of public speaking to fostering empathy with those less fortunate.

This 5-year program consists of weekly EC lessons in which pupils gain experience in a variety of skills, from elite sports such as fencing and horse riding to improving their oracy through public speaking lessons and examinations.


Under the guidance of a specialised outsourced instructor, students will benefit and learn the key skills of this sport. Archery is the art, practice, or skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow. Archery has historically been used for hunting and combat; in modern times, however, its main use is that of recreational activity. One who practices archery is typically known as an “archer” or “bowman”, and one who is fond of or  an expert at archery can be referred to as a “toxophilite”

Martial Art:

A professional instructor will teach the students the key skills of this professional sport. A 6-week structured course will be taught by giving them a taste of what Martial Arts entails. At the end of this course, students will receive a certificate from the British Combat Association.

Charity House Competition:

During this session, students will work within a group and plan a charity event for a cause of their choice. They will plan projects, contribute with different ideas and execute the whole delivery of the project from start to finish. The activity will be student-led under the guidance of their teacher. A key principle of the leadership of the program is to teach the key skills to become better leaders for the future, a big part of this is for students to help people less fortunate than them through different ways. As a school, we thrive on helping different causes through fundraising events which we teach and develop the students to lead. This particular session gives the students the key skills to enable this in a fun and effective way.

Horse Riding:

This course will be delivered by Kingsmead Horse Riding Centre in Sanderstead. Students will undertake a 6-week course, learning how to professionally horse and also learn other aspects of the sport.

Djembe Drumming:

A djembe or jembe (/ˈdʒɛmbeɪ/ JEM-bay; from Malinke jembe [dʲẽbe] is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gathers together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé” translates as “peace.”

The djembe has a body (or shell) carved of hardwood and a drumhead made of untreated rawhide, most commonly made from goatskin. Excluding rings, djembes have an exterior diameter of 30–38 cm (12–15 in) and a height of 58–63 cm (23–25 in). The majority have a diameter in the 13 to 14-inch range. The weight of a djembe ranges from 5 kg to 13 kg (11–29 lb) and depends on the size and shell material. A medium-size djembe carved from one of the traditional woods (including skin, rings, and rope) weighs around 9 kg (20 lb).

The djembe can produce a wide variety of sounds, making it a most versatile drum. The drum is very loud, allowing it to be heard clearly as a solo instrument over a large percussion ensemble. The Malinké people say that a skilled drummer is one who “can make the djembe talk”, meaning that the player can tell an emotional story.


We teach all our pupils golf at Addington Golf Club, with a bespoke curriculum created with schools in mind. While being a healthy sport,  golf also teaches valuable skills that translate into the business world. Strategy, planning, and decision-making are all skills that will serve your children well in the great big world. Many business deals get done during a round of golf as it’s a great environment for collaborating.


Capoeira (pronounced cap-wearer) is a Brazilian martial art form, combining self-defense, acrobatics, dance, music, and song. It was developed by slaves who used it to disguise the fact that they were practicing fight moves. Capoeira is ‘played’ (it’s known as the ‘game’, or jogo) in a circle called a roda, accompanied by music and singing. Only the hands and feet touch the floor. It is a unique sport and one which is not usually accessible to young people in Croydon, and we are sure our pupils take full advantage to benefit from this opportunity.

Duke of Edinburgh Award:

Pupils from Year 9 all have the opportunity to enroll in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. This scheme is fully facilitated by our own team and the overnight expeditions are led by our Executive head teachers who are qualified in Basic Expedition Leadership as well as being qualified Expedition Assessors too.

Public Speaking Skills

Public Speaking and presenting will likely be a skill that our pupils will use in their future career, but not everyone has the confidence and the right skills to stand up and present to an audience. At Al-Khair we offer the ESB Award which will helps improve confidence and skills in public speaking and presenting. Pupils also achieve a certificate in public speaking that is recognised by employers, looks great on your CV and gives UCAS points too.

UK Math Challenge:

We offer all our pupils to take part in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior rounds of the UKMT, giving them an opportunity to complete with pupils all over the UK in testing their math skills with a variety of complex problems. For example,

“You eat more than I do,” said Tweedledee to Tweedledum. “That is not true,” said Tweedledum to Tweedledee. “You are both wrong,” said Alice, to them both. “You are right,” said the White Rabbit to Alice. How many of the four statements were true?

Puzzling indeed!

House Groups:

The house system at AlKhair School plays a vital part in the life of the school and involves many of the students in wider extracurricular experiences. Houses are led by a member of staff and supported by teachers.

The four houses are named Bukhari, AbuDawood, Tirmidhi, and Muslim after leading scholars and collectors of hadith in Islam.

All students are placed in one of our four houses at the start of Reception and Year 7. They remain in these house throughout their time at the school, working in teams across the wider school and supporting the ethos we strive to achieve.

Students represent their House in events such as sports, competitions, debates throughout the year, enjoying the competition with the support of their House Master.

House events encourage participation, organization, and commitment from all House members involved.

When asked what they remember from school we can confidently say that our ex Al-Khair students remember their House and the contribution they made as well as the experiences they had together.