Making Eid cards, in one of our TOP Kids classes

Welcome to TOP Academy

We are a Qur’an and Islamic Studies school, open to all children aged between 4 and 16. We have lessons every day of the week, and have been teaching in Solihull for over twelve years. Many of our families have been with us from the beginning, building a great community.

We believe in nurturing a child’s spirituality, whilst equipping them with the tools they need to practice Islam, in modern Britain. We are blessed with a fantastic team of highly-qualified teachers, and maintain a low teacher-to-pupil ratio to ensure that every student is listened to, cared for and given the attention they deserve.

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Our Classes

Our classes run annually, from September to July, and are split by age and subject area. Please take a look at what we have to offer. All prices are per child, per school term.

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Students working hard in an Islamic Studies class

Sunday School

£190.00

Sunday school is a combined Qur’an and Islamic Studies class, for ages 7-16. The lessons are structured in the same way as our weekday classes, with split-level Qur'an, followed by age-appropriate Islamic Studies, including iSyllabus, in a convenient, single session.

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Books from the Safar Academy series

Islamic Studies

£80.00

Studying Books 3 through to 7, of the Safar Academy Islamic Studies curriculum, for ages 7-11. Our Islamic Studies classes encourage children to ask questions, have fun and build a love of the deen.

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The Holy Quran, Surah An-Naas.

Qur’an

£180.00

Qaida, Tajweed and Khatm classes for students aged 7-16. We split students into small groups, by ability, not age, and all students are set homework and targets, for each term.

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The iSyllabus for Schools textbook

iSyllabus for Schools

£80.00

A five-year Islamic Studies programme, designed for students aged 11-16, that covers the principles of Islam at a level that pushes students to think about themselves and their faith, deeply.

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TOP kids craft - creating the gardens of Jannah

TOP Kids

£180.00

Combined Qur’an and Islamic Studies for students aged 4-7. Students begin with reading Arabic, studying the Baghdadi Qaida, and cover Safar Academy Books 1 and 2 across three years.

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Our Teachers

All our teachers are highly skilled and fully-qualified, in their areas of study. We conduct regular DBS checks and have regular teacher training. If you are interested in joining our team, we would love to hear from you. Please email academy@theoltonproject.com and let us know what area you specialise in.

Ustadha Suzan Ahmed

Ustadha Suzan Ahmed

Finance Administrator, Sunday School, iSyllabus

Ustadha Suzan teaches Juzz Amma and iSyllabus, as well as administrating payments for the…

Ustadha Suzan Ahmed

Finance Administrator, Sunday School, iSyllabus

Ustadha Suzan teaches Juzz Amma and iSyllabus, as well as administrating payments for the Academy. She has been studying and teaching Islam for over 15 years, having studied with the erudite scholar Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi, and gained her ijazi in tajweed from Shaykh Abdurazzak Al Balhawan in 2012.

Ustadha Natalie Mohammed

Ustadha Natalie Mohammed

Web and Curriculum Development, Islamic Studies

Ustadha Natalie is a qualified teacher with a Masters degree in Teaching Studies. She…

Ustadha Natalie Mohammed

Web and Curriculum Development, Islamic Studies

Ustadha Natalie is a qualified teacher with a Masters degree in Teaching Studies. She is our Curriculum Development lead teacher and has been teaching at TOP Academy since 2014. She also manages the TOP and TOP Academy websites, and will soon be working on creating content for the Academy’s YouTube channel.

Ustadh Daniel Jackson

Ustadh Daniel Jackson

Lead Teacher, iSyllabus

Ustadh Daniel teaches our online iSyllabus programme. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in…

Ustadh Daniel Jackson

Lead Teacher, iSyllabus

Ustadh Daniel teaches our online iSyllabus programme. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in working with children, and Co-founder of The Olton Project. He studied in Syria, under the erudite scholar Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi, and had been teaching Qur’an and Islamic Studies for over fifteen years.

Ustadha May Shaaban

TOP Kids, Sunday School, Islamic Studies

Usthadha May is a qualified Architect, fluent in written and spoken Arabic, and has…

Ustadha May Shaaban

TOP Kids, Sunday School, Islamic Studies

Usthadha May is a qualified Architect, fluent in written and spoken Arabic, and has completed Level 3 of the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector course (PTLLS). In 2006, she became a student of TOP herself, completing all 3 Tajweed courses under the guidance of Ustadh Daniel, Usthadha Omaima, Sheikh Badreldin and Sheikh Abdurrazak Albalhawan. She now teaches TOP kids classes, Qaida and Qur’an memorisation.
Alongside TOP, Ustadha May also teaches Arabic, Italian and ESOL to adult learners. Teaching has become her passion, and she is constantly trying to improve her skills and ensure she delivers beneficial but fun lessons to her students, to keep them engaged and motivated.

Ustadh Waqqas Ahmed

Qur'an

Ustadh Waqqas Ahmed has been teaching the Holy Quran to children and adults at…

Ustadh Waqqas Ahmed

Qur'an

Ustadh Waqqas Ahmed has been teaching the Holy Quran to children and adults at TOP Academy for 8 years and is the Imam at TOP. He memorised the Quran whilst undertaking post graduate studies in Opthalmology and holds an Ijazah in Hafs Qiraat. He has completed a diploma in Islamic studies and is currently undertaking an Alimiyyah program, based on the Maliki syllabus taught in Mauritania. He is also a student of the 10 Qiraat of the Holy Quran and is able to recite in Warsh and Qaloon modes of recitation.

Ustadha Salina Begum

Ustadha Salina Begum

Sunday School

Ustadha Salina teaches tajweed and Qur’anic recitation to children and adults. She has studied…

Ustadha Salina Begum

Sunday School

Ustadha Salina teaches tajweed and Qur’anic recitation to children and adults. She has studied under a number of teachers in the UK and in Damascus, including Shaykh Abdur Razzak Balhawan, and achieved her certification in recitation with Shaykh Muhammad Allam. She has been teaching at Top since 2014. She has worked in business management for over 15 years and is currently in the process of a career change into the field of Counselling Psychology.

Ustadha Ilmah Mansoor

Ustadha Ilmah Mansoor

TOP Kids, Sunday School

Usthada Ilmah has taught Quran recitation and Tajweed at TOP since 2011.  She studied…

Ustadha Ilmah Mansoor

TOP Kids, Sunday School

Usthada Ilmah has taught Quran recitation and Tajweed at TOP since 2011.  She studied the fundamentals of Tajweed under Dr. Hanan Hussain, Dr Hoda Harb and Shaykh Badreldeen al Hussaini (Egypt), and is now working towards her Ijaza in Quran recitation with Shaykh Abdul Razzak Balhawan (Syria) and Shaykh Dr Daniel Jackson. She also teaches adult classes at The Olton Project, and is a qualified Montessori teacher (AMI) with over 5 years teaching experience.

Ustadha Sally Shehata

Ustadha Sally Shehata

Sunday School

Ustadha Sally has taught Islamic studies and Qaida at TOP Academy for 6 years.…

Ustadha Sally Shehata

Sunday School

Ustadha Sally has taught Islamic studies and Qaida at TOP Academy for 6 years. She also has 5 years’ experience as a learning support teacher. She is a graduate of Business and International Economy, studying Islamic economics and finance, and has studied with some of the most respected Islamic scholars, currently completing her Alimah course. She has a passion for charity and leads the TOP fundraising team and acts at TOP’s community liaison, helping in interfaith events, such as the recent Edith Holden performance, and running the TOP food bank, during the national lockdown.

Ustadh Saqib Hussain

Ustadh Saqib Hussain

Qur'an

Ustadh Saqib Hussain  began his studies in 2004 with Shaykh Rasul Baksh Saeedi at the…

Ustadh Saqib Hussain

Qur'an

Ustadh Saqib Hussain  began his studies in 2004 with Shaykh Rasul Baksh Saeedi at the FR Institute and has also studied with Muft Yaar Muhammad at Sultan Bahu Institute.

He read Quran under Qari Tahir and Shaykh Muhammad from Yemen, and is currently studying the 10 modes of Quranic recitation under Shaykh Badreldin al Husayni and Shaykh Wahid Sabbagh al- Hallabi. He is currently serving as a prison Imam, and has been teaching at TOP Academy since 2016. Some of his students in previous madrassas have become Huffaz and teachers in their own right, masha’Allah.

Ustadha Sadia Hussain, as drawn by a TOP kids student

Ustadha Sadia Hussain

TOP kids, Sunday School

Ustadha Sadia has a real passion for teaching and learning and 18 years’ experience.…

Ustadha Sadia Hussain

TOP kids, Sunday School

Ustadha Sadia has a real passion for teaching and learning and 18 years’ experience. She is a qualified primary class teacher, holding specialism in working with children with additional needs. She pursued her study of the Islamic Sciences and Quran Al Kareem in 2010, with her love for imparting sacred knowledge to young children beginning in 2018, at a local Madrasah in Birmingham. She joined TOP Academy in 2020.

Ustadha Amal Bounouni

Ustadha Amal Bounouni

Qur'an, Sunday School

Ustadha Amal is an engineer who is passionate about teaching, changing her career to…

Ustadha Amal Bounouni

Qur'an, Sunday School

Ustadha Amal is an engineer who is passionate about teaching, changing her career to undertake Montessori Educator training. A native Arabic speaker, she studied the fundamentals of Tajweed during two years in Cairo, and joined the academy in 2021.

Ustadha Fatima Cengiz

Ustadha Fatima Cengiz

TOP Kids, Qur'an

Ustadha Fatima has been a part of TOP Academy since its inception, first as…

Ustadha Fatima Cengiz

TOP Kids, Qur'an

Ustadha Fatima has been a part of TOP Academy since its inception, first as a student, and now as a teacher. She has studied under Ustadh Waqqas Ahmed and Ustadh Mohsin Abbas, and has been teaching Qaida since 2018. She is a passionate artist and currently working on creating interactive resources for the Academy.

Ustadh Mohsin Abbas

Ustadh Mohsin Abbas

iSyllabus

Ustadh Mohsin Abbas has been a student of traditional Islam since 2004, having read…

Ustadh Mohsin Abbas

iSyllabus

Ustadh Mohsin Abbas has been a student of traditional Islam since 2004, having read scholarly texts with sheikhs in grammar, creed and jurisprudence. After graduating in the Social Sciences from the University of Birmingham, and in Arabic from the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, he has served as a school teacher and curriculum developer in the private sector for over a decade. He is the co-editor of an anthology of Arabic poetry, The Zephyr of Being There, and the author of an unpublished collection of shama’il stories called Meadow of the Messenger.

Ustadha Doha Alyan

Ustadha Doha Alyan

Islamic Studies, Sunday School

Ustadha Doha has been teaching at TOP Academy since 2016). She is a native…

Ustadha Doha Alyan

Islamic Studies, Sunday School

Ustadha Doha has been teaching at TOP Academy since 2016). She is a native Arabic speaker, from Egypt, and is reading to Sheikh Abdur Razzak. She is very passionate about teaching and has taught all levels and ages of students at TOP Academy, masha’Allah.

Ustadh Amr Elalimy

Ustadh Amr Elalimy

Qur'an

Qari Amr is a Hafidh ul Qur’an and studied at Al-Azhar University, in Cairo.…

Ustadh Amr Elalimy

Qur'an

Qari Amr is a Hafidh ul Qur’an and studied at Al-Azhar University, in Cairo. He has extensive experience teaching Qur’an at multiple madrassas, and joined TOP Academy in 2020, to teach our Advanced Khatm students.

Ustadha Hoda Harb

Qur'an

Ustadha Hoda has been teaching Tajweed at TOP since 2013. Her teachers include Shaykh…

Ustadha Hoda Harb

Qur'an

Ustadha Hoda has been teaching Tajweed at TOP since 2013. Her teachers include Shaykh Abdurrazak Balhawan, Shaykh Galal Salem (Al-Azhar), Ustadha Badriyya Tahhan and Ustadha Amal Salhab. She is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and clinician specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her hobbies include gardening and baking.

Ustadha Noora Al-Nemrat

Ustadha Noora Al-Nemrat

TOP Kids

Ustadha Noora studied Islamic Studies and Quran for five years, before joining the team…

Ustadha Noora Al-Nemrat

TOP Kids

Ustadha Noora studied Islamic Studies and Quran for five years, before joining the team at TOP Academy in 2019. She enjoys working with young children and brings a lot of enthusiasm and creativity to her classes, and is always looking for new fun and exciting ways to engage her students in Islam.

Ustadha Nyla Ahmed

Ustadha Nyla Khan

Qur'an

Ustadha Nyla is a tajweed teacher, who has been teaching Quran for 9 years.…

Ustadha Nyla Khan

Qur'an

Ustadha Nyla is a tajweed teacher, who has been teaching Quran for 9 years. She studied with a teacher from Jordan and feels blessed to have met many wonderful people through her own Quranic studies. She loves teaching and is passionate about building strong relationships with her students.

Ustadh Ibrahim Cengiz

Ustadh Ibrahim Cengiz

Qur'an

Ustadh Ibrahim is an ex-student of TOP Academy, who has studied under Ustadh Waqqas…

Ustadh Ibrahim Cengiz

Qur'an

Ustadh Ibrahim is an ex-student of TOP Academy, who has studied under Ustadh Waqqas Ahmed and Ustadh Mohsin Abbas, and has been teaching Qaida since 2019. He is a Computer Science student with an interest in programming and the Arabic language.

Ustadha Heba Shaykhon

Ustadha Heba Saafan

Qur'an

Ustadha Heba has over 10 years experience teaching Arabic language, and qualified from the…

Ustadha Heba Saafan

Qur'an

Ustadha Heba has over 10 years experience teaching Arabic language, and qualified from the Muath Trust as a Tajweed teacher in 2015. She is working towards her Ijaza in Quran recitation, supervised by Usthada Nada Al-Naami, and is looking forward to seeing her new students develop throughout the year.

Ustadha Randa (floral art)

Ustadha Randa Ahmed

Qur'an, TOP Kids

Ustadha Randa has been teaching since 2018 and joined TOP Academy in 2021, teaching…

Ustadha Randa Ahmed

Qur'an, TOP Kids

Ustadha Randa has been teaching since 2018 and joined TOP Academy in 2021, teaching TOP Kids and Qur’an. She is fluent in written and spoken Arabic, originally from Yemen, but completing all her studies in Saudi Arabia, including Tajweed. She is very passionate about teaching and enjoys working with young children.

Ustadha Salma Kafafy

Ustadha Salma Kafafy

TOP Kids

Ustadha Salma joined the team in 2021, teaching in our TOP Kids classes. Her…

Ustadha Salma Kafafy

TOP Kids

Ustadha Salma joined the team in 2021, teaching in our TOP Kids classes. Her experience working with children at Muslim Scouts, combined with her Quran and Islamic Studies education, allows her to bring a new and exciting aspect to teaching at TOP. She enjoys incorporating Islamic learning with interactive games, that provide a fun and enriching environment for her students.

Ustadha Arwa Habib

TOP kids

Ustadha Arwa studied Architectural Engineering in Egypt and is training to become a qualified…

Ustadha Arwa Habib

TOP kids

Ustadha Arwa studied Architectural Engineering in Egypt and is training to become a qualified teacher. She has been teaching at TOP since 2018 and currently works at Langley Primary School. Ustadha Arwa is constantly looking for ways to make learning fun and inspirational for all and encourages learning with creative activities, as well as nasheeds and role playing, in our TOP Kids classes.

Ustadha Hanan Hussain

Ustadha Hanan Hussain

Sunday School

Ustadha Hanan Hussein has taught Quran and Arabic to women and children, at The…

Ustadha Hanan Hussain

Sunday School

Ustadha Hanan Hussein has taught Quran and Arabic to women and children, at The Olton Project and Bromsgrove Community Trust. She is currently preparing for her ‘certification’ in recitation with Ustatha Badreya El-Shalaty in Birmingham. Dr. Hanan is a qualified clinical psychologist who has co-developed the 5 Pillars of Parenting Programme which is based on Psychological principles and Islamic foundations for Muslim parents.

Enquiries

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Find Us

The Olton Project
Kineton Green Rd,
Olton,
Solihull,
West Midlands
B92 7DY