School

Alumnae

Al-Ashraf Secondary School is extremely proud of its former pupils' achievements and have created this Alumnae page to share their achievements with the wider community.

Former pupils are encouraged to complete the form via the link below.

Alumnae Form



Full Name: Aisha Bham
Year completed school: 2010
Details of Further/Higher Education: BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at The Open University. Master of Arts in Teaching Studies (QTS) at the University of Birmingham
University or Islamic Institute: Royal Society of Chemistry ITT Scholarship
Current employment: Head of Chemistry/Teacher of Science 14-19
Any other comments/School reflections: Grateful to have been able to study an integrated alimiyyah programme at the Islamic School alongside secular studies. Also extremely grateful for part-time employment opportunities across Al Madani Educational Trust post-16, which helped me get a strong foothold in education and gave me a head-start gaining working experience to reach my career goals in a relatively short space of time.


Full Name: Tahreem Qureshi
Year completed school: 2010
Details of Further/Higher Education: A Levels at Ribston Hall High School and Open University Law LLB - ongoing
University or Islamic Institute:
Current employment: Gloucester City Council
Any other comments/School reflections: Alhumduliah was very pleased that I had the opportunity to start my school journey here as the Islamic knowledge has stayed with me for life and the school provides a very good foundation for an Islamic and moral lifestyle. There was no force in anything and you were guided to the best of the school's ability. The secular side of Education was also of a very high standard. There will always be some issues in almost all schools regarding social aspects but it is not a negative and rather makes it a very realistic school to be at.


Full Name: Hawa Veshmia
Year completed school: 2012
Details of Further/Higher Education: Optometry degree with the University of the West of England
University or Islamic Institute: University of the West of England
Current employment: Optician


Full Name: Zainab Dhalech
Year completed school: 2014
Details of Further/Higher Education: BSC (Hons) Adult nursing
University or Islamic Institute: Completed one year at Ribston hall - A-levels Biology Psychology & Mathematics then did one year at Gloucester college to complete a 2 year L3 Health and Social Care diploma which allowed me to enrol onto Adult nursing at Cardiff University
Current employment: Newly graduated and currently completing my two year commitment in wales. I’m currently working in cardiology on a rotation programme through Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery and Coronary care in University Hospital wales.
Any other comments/School reflections: Alhamdulilah I’ve had bumps in the journey getting to where I am today but I am very grateful for the start that Islamic school was able to provide me! Jazakallah to all the staff for their efforts and guidance!


Full Name: Aisha Pandor
Year completed school: 2014
Details of Further/Higher Education: Winner of Gloucestershire’s Outstanding Apprentice of the Year award for Public Sector in 2015
University or Islamic Institute: Business Admin apprenticeships undertaken through Gloucestershire College whilst working for Cheltenham Borough Homes (2014/15) and working for UK Parliament for Gloucester’s MP, Richard Graham (2015-18)
Current employment: Civil Servant at Home Office


Full Name: Mariam Ismail
Year completed school: 2012
Details of Further/Higher Education: A-Levels in English Literature & Psychology
Diploma in Education & Training
Aalimiyyah degree in Islamic Studies
University or Islamic Institute: Oxford Open Learning, Training Suite & Madrasah Ashraf-ul-Uloom
Current employment: Islamic Studies coordinator & teacher (secondary school)


Full Name: Shaakira Veshmia
Year completed school: 2012
Details of Further/Higher Education: Course in Islamic Theology
University or Islamic Institute: The Open University
Current employment: Teacher
Any other comments/School reflections: Being part of the school always felt like being part of a family


Full Name: Farheen Nanabawa
Year completed school: 2012
University or Islamic Institute: University of Gloucestershire
Current employment: Primary school teacher


Full Name: Faatimah Bham
Year completed school: 2009
Details of Further/Higher Education: BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering
University or Islamic Institute: University of the West of England


Full Name: Huma Khan
Year completed school: 2010
Details of Further/Higher Education: BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
University or Islamic Institute: Oxford Brookes University
Current employment: Working as a Occupational Therapist


Full Name: Jamila Majeed
Year completed school: 1999
Details of Further/Higher Education: Graduate in Account and Financial Management hons degree
University or Islamic Institute: University of Gloucestershire
Current employment: Contract Analyst for geographical Berkshire
Any other comments/School reflections: My time at the school was the foundation of my life skills and knowledge which has affected all my decisions till date. I am forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to have studied at Islamic School.


Full Name: Aishah Kadodia
Year completed school: 2012
Details of Further/Higher Education: PGCE Primary Eduction 5-11
University or Islamic Institute: The Open University and The University of Gloucestershire
Current employment: Full time Year 4 primary school teacher


Full Name: Mariam Atcha
Year completed school: 2012
Details of Further/Higher Education: Currently doing Masters at UWE in Advanced Practice
University or Islamic Institute: Oxford Brookes University
Current employment: I am currently a Staff Nurse working in a Minor injuries and A&E setting.
Any other comments/School reflections: I want to say a huge thank you and Jazakallah to all the teachers at Islamic School. I would not be where I am today without their efforts and duas.


Full Name: Zainab Choksi
Year completed school: 2012
Details of Further/Higher Education: PGCE
University or Islamic Institute: The Open University and UWE
Current employment: Mathematics Teacher


Full Name: Tanzia Hoque (née Shamim)
Year completed school: 2003
Details of Further/Higher Education: B.Sc. (Hons) Biomedical Science (2009)
University or Islamic Institute: University of the West of England
Current employment: Currently home maker looking after my two daughters, Alhamdulillah.


Full Name: Zaynab Hansrod
Year completed school: 2010
Details of Further/Higher Education: A-Levels in Biology, Psychology and Business Studies
University or Islamic Institute: 4 year Apprenticeship programme through GE Aviation who sponsored a Leadership and Management degree which was taught by Coventry University.
Current employment: Home Maker (as it’s called now) and my hardest job yet, a mother, to a beautiful baby boy, Alhamdulillah!
Any other comments/School reflections: Alhamdulillah, I am very pleased that I got the opportunity to study at the school. I feel it has the right balance of Islamic and secular education which has enabled me to accomplish a great deal when I was working and Insha Allah will enable me to be successful in the future. After completing my A-Levels I was hired in an apprenticeship program with Ge Aviation in Cheltenham. After 3 years as an Apprentice I was offered a permanent position at the company as an Operations Team Leader. In this challenging role whilst being a muslim, hijab wearing young woman working in a male dominated industry, I felt happy to have achieved a leadership position within the company. It was in these times that I felt the Islamic education I had received from Al Ashraf and the Islamic ta'leem given to me by my parents was most useful. I was always conscious that for a lot of people, I was the 1st Muslim woman they would have encountered and that their opinion of me would impact the opinion they had on Islam. Using the knowledge and skills I gained at Al-Ashraf I made every effort to come across in an Islamic manner that would leave them with a positive and respectful opinion of Islam and hopefully change and get rid of any negative stereotypes they had developed through the media. I am now a mother and constantly reflect on my Islamic education to enable me to become a model Muslim mother for my son and to ensure he realises the importance of an Islamic education as well as a secular one.


Full Name: Bibi Fatimah Hansrod
Year completed school: 2010
Details of Further/Higher Education: A-Levels at Ribston Hall High School
University or Islamic Institute: Went on to complete a 4 year business apprenticeship at General Electric Aviation which included studying towards a degree in Leadership and Management (via Coventry University).
Current employment: Currently employed at Safran Landing Systems in a Quality Assurance role.
Any other comments/School reflections: I could not have asked for a better school to complete my secondary years' studies at. I feel truly blessed that we have access to a school such as Al-Ashraf and I had the good fortune to be able to attend there. It was as safe an environment for my deen as there could be. I would emphasise that this didn't come at a cost of my secular education. If anything, I always felt supported and encouraged to do better in all of my studies. My career post my education is a further testament to the school's ability to give you a good secular and religious education. The knowledge and experience I gained at the school and the values it instilled in me have stayed with me into my 20s and I still feel supported from my teachers there. The school will always remain dear to me and through Allah's mercy, my parents couldn't have made a better decision for my education.


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