53-55 Shireland Road, Smethwick, B66 4RG

Children Education (AL QALAM ACADEMY)

Our focus is to provide your children with an excellent Islamic education, irrespective of race or culture; to nurture British Muslims so that they are proud and confident in their faith so that they become ambassadors of the religion, who contribute to their community. 


Al Qalam Academy uses Safar Qa’idah. Progression is based on a 7-level system that we have devised so that progression is monitored and handled correctly.  Upon completion of the Qa’idah, students progress to Juz ʿAmma and thereafter, the Qurʿān.

A heavy emphasis is placed on the correct recitation of the Qurʿān so children are tested regularly on the Tajweed rules.  Alongside this, children memorise Kalimaat, Salah, Surahs & Du’aas.

We use ‘An Nasihah Publications’ for our Islamic studies which covers Fiqh, Hadith, Seerah, Taareekh, Aqaa’id, Akhlaaq & Aadaab.

We also facilitate for anybody interested in Hifz, so if you are interested please refer to the ‘Hifz pre-admission guidelines’ available in the office.

Our Islamic education is extremely well structured and our comprehensive curriculum is followed by mid & end of year exams. 

Our Madrasah runs in two sessions

First Session: 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Second Session 6.10pm – 7.40pm.

Madrasah application

We provide education for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16 in our Masjid. 

For application to the Madrasah you need to complete an application – see below .

For Madrasah guidelines see here

For Madrasah application download here

Holiday dates for Al Qalam Academy 2019-2020

Holiday TypeDates             Number of days
New year begins3rd September 2019N.A
Winter Holidays23rd Dec – 3rd Jan 202010
Mid Year Exam20th Feb – 21st Feb 20202
Spring Holidays9th Apr – 13th Apr 20203
Eid Ul Fitr (Approx)21st May – 28th May 20206
Summer 30th Jul – 28th Aug 202022

All holidays coincide with school holidays to minimize student absences; Therefore please plan all trips/holidays within these dates.

If you need to contact us regarding absences, the text message service number is: 07923967050

For general enquiries or emergencies, please contact the Madrasah office directly on: 0121 565 5767

In the event of bad weather i.e. heavy snow or severe weather warnings, the Madrasah may close until weather conditions are safe again.  We keep parents informed via text message, so please inform us of any change to contact information.  Alternatively, you can contact us on the above number.

Weekly Events

Talk in English every Friday at 12.30 pm – 1pm

Once a month in English for brothers & sisters Sat after Isha

Tafseer of Quran in Urdu every 2nd Wednesday after Isha (8pm)

for brothers every Friday 8pm for sisters every Monday at 10 am


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