Source: The Independent
On January 13, 2005 The Independent reported, "Britain's first all-girls' Muslim state school has been adjudged the best secondary school in England for adding "value" to children's education. Feversham College, in Bradford, was deemed to have boosted students' performance more than any other secondary school. Each pupil scored an average of 340.3 points - equivalent to nearly seven A grades each. This was ranked as the most impressive as the pupils had low achievement levels on leaving primary school. Seventy per cent of students achieved five good GCSE passes, up from 61 per cent last year. The school received government approval to join the state sector in 2000 and opened in September 2001. An earlier application made by the school to be accepted into the state sector was rejected by the Conservative government in 1995."