The Association of Muslim Schools UK (AMS) is governed by its Shura Council (also known as the Executive Committee), elected from and by its member schools. All member schools have the opportunity to take part in AMS’s decision-making processes at the Annual General Meeting and even nominate a representative for election to the Shura Council where they can provide guidance and vision to AMS and the membership of Muslim schools under its umbrella.
The purpose of the Association is to help Muslim schools fulfil their potential by assisting them in improving the quality of teaching and learning and in improving networking between schools so they can share best practice. AMS’s close relationship with the Department for Education, where AMS representatives meet with senior civil servants as part of the Faith Providers Committee, also allows us to help policy and decision makers better understand the outstanding work Muslim schools are doing to contribute to society.
We hope that by becoming an AMS member school, you can help the Association to continue growing as it has done and that your involvement helps us and Muslim schools throughout the country to improve.
Benefits of AMS Membership
✔ Representation with the Department for Education
✔ Listing on the Muslim Schools Directory
✔ Regular updates on statutory guidance and policies from DfE and Ofsted
✔ Discounted tickets to School INSET Days and Conferences
✔ Invitation to local cluster group Head Teacher meetings
✔ Staff and leadership training advice and access to consultant list
✔ Inspection advice and access to consultant list
✔ Free standard listings and discounted premium listings on AMS Jobs Board
✔ Free advertisment of school open days
✔ Discounted products and services from AMS partners
Applying for AMS Membership
Full-time schools, registered with the Department for Education and with a declared Muslim ethos can apply to become a member of the Association of Muslim Schools.
To apply for membership of AMS, schools must:
- Submit online Membership Application Form and pay one-off joining fee
- Clear any outstanding invoices due to AMS
- Gain the approval of the AMS Shura Council
Prospective members will also receive a visit from their regional Hub Co-ordinator before membership is approved.
Approval or rejection of AMS Membership will be given in writing.
If approved, schools will be invited to make payment of the current year’s Membership Subscription fee which, upon receipt, will commence AMS membership.
Independent schools which were registered with the DfE and began operation in the current or previous academic year are entitled to a waiver of their first year’s Membership Subscription fee.
If an application is rejected, the joining fee will be reimbursed in full. Schools are free to re-apply for membership at any time. To access AMS’s services as non-members, schools may sign up to a service pack.
AMS Membership Application Form
Click here to view and complete the AMS Membership Application Form
Membership costs (2019/20)
AMS Membership operates based on the academic year from 1 August to 31 July. Below are the related costs of subscribing to AMS Membership.
This is a one-off joining fee to cover the administration costs of the application process of AMS membership. If the membership application of a school is not approved, this fee will be reimbursed in full.
The joining fee for the 2019/20 academic year is £150.00
AMS Membership Subscription fee
This is the annual subscription cost of AMS Membership. To access and retain all benefits of AMS membership, schools must ensure the Membership Subscription fee and other outstanding invoices due for services, training and other activities have been paid.
The Membership Subscription fee for the 2019/20 academic year is £300.00
Membership Subscription fees still due by the first Monday in September will incur a further charge of £50.00.
Schools can also make payments for their Membership Subscription fee in instalments by a monthly Standing Order.
The monthly Standing Order payment from 2019/20 is £29.00 and will commence from 1 August.
Schools paying their Membership Subscription fee by Standing Order after 1 August will have to make an initial payment to cover any months elapsed of the membership year in which they are joining.
Resigning from AMS Membership
Schools wishing to resign from AMS Membership must do so in writing on headed paper confirming they wish to resign from membership. It is also appreciated if schools can state their reasons for resigning although they not obliged to do so.
Please note that membership with AMS will remain active until a resignation letter is received and the school will remain liable for any Membership Subscription fees due.
Upon receipt of the resignation letter, AMS will reply to confirm receipt and the date their membership will lapse, which unless otherwise agreed, will be 31 July of that academic year.
Membership benefits such as discounted tickets at staff training events and free job postings on the online AMS Jobs Board will also cease from this date.
Schools are welcome to apply to re-join as members any time after their membership has expired, subject to:
- Payment of one-off joining fee
- Approval of AMS Shura Council
- Payment of any outstanding invoices due to AMS
- Payment of current year’s membership subscription