Early in 1984, there was increasing demand amongst the community for high quality educational opportunities for girls in Blackburn. A number of community members from the Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust (TIFECT) responded to this and took the first steps on what has been a long and successful journey.
The decision was made to open a school for girls that would cater for both their faith and educational needs. This was supported by the Tauheedul Islam Mosque, who agreed to provide premises and financial assistance.
TIGHS opened its doors in September 1984, in a very old building, with 96 students and six teachers, without chairs or desks and the girls sitting on the floor.
TIGHS became a voluntary aided school and joined the family of Blackburn with Darwen Schools in 2005–2006.
In September 2013, TIGHS will relocate to its new campus at Beardwood – the next stage of our remarkable journey from such small beginnings.
TIGHS was created in response to demands from the community. It has gone from strength to strength and its development has always been driven by the needs and demands of the local community. This community desire for educational, personal and spiritual excellence has been the driving force behind the continual improvement and development of TIGHS and has led to the outstanding school we have become today.
TIGHS has an almost unique identity as a Specialist Humanities College with Citizenship as its lead subject. It has been identified by OFSTED as an ‘Outstanding School’ – the first secondary school in Blackburn to receive such an award.