A Barnet-based language school has been awarded a prestigious educational award in a development that highlights the growing success of the supplementary education sector in North London.

Tarbiyat School has been awarded a Quality Mark by the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education, the leading charitable body for the sector.

Tarbiyat, which operates with an all-volunteer staff of Farsi teachers, caters to the growing Iranian community in Barnet and around North West London. Its pupils come primarily from the borough but also from Camden, Harrow and Brent.

Tarbiyat School is run by Headteacher Mrs Jaleh Alaee and operates under the supervision of the Baha’is of Barnet.  The school also draws on a management committee which includes a safeguarding officer and a teaching project officer.

Established in 2003 by its current Headteacher, Tarbiyat School is dedicated to teaching Farsi – the Iranian language –  in a fun and exciting way. Its success epitomises the growing significance of the supplementary education sector.

Such schools operate at the weekend and complement the mainstream maintained and private school sectors. They often specialise in catering to minority communities.

The report from the NRCSE commended the Tarbiyat School for its “excellent learning environment” and praised its small classes and parental involvement. It also highlighted the Schools’ efforts at raising awareness of the Persian community and at bringing together its supplementary schools.

Mrs Jaleh Alaee, Headteacher of Tarbiyat School, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious Quality Mark. This shows that all of the hard work from our pupils and teachers is paying off.”

Pre-school children (4-6 years old) are taught Farsi (Persian) alphabets and numerics together with virtues. For 6-14 year-olds the school offers non-political courses helping them to improve their written and spoken Persian.

This is complemented with various assignments to prepare them for the Persian GCSE examination. The School currently counts 4 A-level and 3-GCSE pupils; children prepare and sit these in addition to their mainstream examinations, giving them a great advantage and helping to deepen their overall education.

The School operates from classrooms kindly leased from the Compton School in Finchley, which boasts modern and spacious facilities.

The whole school community also celebrates the Persian New Year (Naw Ruz) annually with a great party which reaches out to the whole local community and where everyone can dance, eat and generally enjoy themselves.

Since 2011, Tarbiyat School has led the way for Iranian schools to join the World Citizenship competition which has been run in Barnet since 1997 by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Barnet.

Every year, the Baha’is of Barnet offer students, in all the secondary, Junior and primary schools in the borough, the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of World Citizenship, by sponsoring an essay, poster or poem on topics such as  ‘Can Freedom Hurt?’

This year’s competition received 350 entries from 11 schools, including QEB, QEG, Bishop Douglas, Deansbrook Junior, Brookland Junior, Edgware Junior, Underhill Infant, and 4 Persian schools: Rustam, Razi, Iran and Tarbiyat. Fifty winners aged 7 to 16 years old received prizes from Councillor John Marshall.

Tarbiyat School will be receiving its Quality Mark Certificate at the John Lyon’s Charity project supplementary schools seminar on 5th July 2018.

The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) is a registered charity based in North London and is supported by John Lyon’s Charity, Trust for London and Erasmus plus.

For more information, please contact Mrs Jaleh Alaee on 07546939096