As-salamu 'alaykum! Welcome to Manara

Pursuing excellence in holistic Islamic education              

Our GCSE results over 3 years: 80% A*-C pass rate with 41% achieving A-A*

Manara Education C.I.C. is an independent, non-sectarian Muslim organisation which supports holistic approaches to Islamic education and parenting, and academic excellence and virtue for young people. We promote an open, peaceful and inclusive approach and active engagement with our society and world.


We support parents who wish to be more involved in their children's education, whether through flexi-schooling or home education. We also support 'human scale' education, multi-age learning, personalised learning, education for sustainability, green living, Fair Trade, and parental choice.


Our curriculum at Manara Academy is inspired by Montessori and Classical education grounded in Islamic perspectives. Our staff are DBS (CRB) checked, our curriculum provides the foundations of a good education, and our pupils make good to excellent progress learning in a caring, home-like environment.




Current Projects:

- Manara Academy flexi-schooling programme for children in Years 1 through 11/GCSE;

- NEW for 2015: A-Levels for Girls, and GCSE and A-Levels for Women

- Montessori teacher education

- Parenting classes

- Developing an EcoSchool and Centre for Sustainable Living

Is your child unhappy, bored or unchallenged at school? Are you tired of the hectic pace of schooling today? Do you wish that your child had more time for family life, or that s/he could devote more time to madrasa and Qur'an without becoming exhausted?


Now entering its 5th year, Manara Academy is an independent Muslim Montessori and Classical-inspired flexischooling programme for children from age 5 to 16+, which emphasises good character, personalised learning and academic achievement. As a Silver Award-winning eco-school, our curriculum also emphasises the importance of global citizenship and care of the environment.

Manara offers a proven, research-based alternative to the 'factory model' of education, using a combination of traditional and modern innovative methods, where children learn and are challenged at their own pace.Manara pupils are happy, confident, courteous and self-motivated.


To apply for admission to Manara Academy for your child, please download the application form here and return it to the school office or Registered Office address. Jazakum Allahu khayran.


Or for more information, contact us on (0116) 251 1971, 07891 504807, or email: 

Manara Education: Virtue, Excellence, Community



Read more about our name, leadership and Directors here.

Islam, Montessori and Classical Education


holistic - (adjective) emphasizing the importance of the whole, and the interdependence of its parts.

Manara Education is developing a holistic educational model that integrates Islamic perspectives and the best of Islamic and Classical educational traditions with the pioneering approach to education discovered by Maria Montessori – a method that has now been established successfully all over the world for more than 100 years, and is supported by research on how children develop and learn as unique individuals.  Read more here...