Ofsted slams 'destructive and deteriorating' Al-Madinah

An Ofsted report has found there are "no signs of improvement" at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby, with relationships between school leaders at all levels labelled "destructive and deteriorating".

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Derby Al-Madinah free school has 'much to resolve'

Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust says it has much to resolve as it continues to advise Derby's Al-Madinah School.

The Muslim free school has been labelled "in chaos" by education inspectors just weeks after it was placed in special measures for failing its pupils.

GDFT says it will continue to work with the school to ensure it has a sustainable future.

The GDFT has been working with the school since Lord Nash asked us to. As Chief Executive I have been very involved with this and I am advising my Trust Board that we continue with our school improvement work.

There is still much to do to resolve the issues raised by Ofsted and our priority is to make sure the school has a sustainable future. When that has been achieved I will be in a much better position to advise my Board further.

– Barry Day, Chief Executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT)

Read: Ofsted's scathing review of Al-Madinah free school.

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Mass exodus of pupils and staff at 'chaotic' free school

A scathing report into a Derby free school claims it "remains in chaos" more than a month after an initial inspection labelled it "dysfunctional".

A total of 47 pupils have left in the past few weeks, while five members of staff have resigned, according to Ofsted inspectors.

A notice in the window of Al-Madinah warned of the first Ofsted inspection
A notice in the window of Al-Madinah warned of the first Ofsted inspection Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The inspector, Wayne Norrie, has now strongly recommended that no newly-qualified teaching staff are taken on as the school's action plans for improvement are "not good enough".

Ofsted: Free school is 'destructive and deteriorating'

An Ofsted report has found there are "no signs of improvement" at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby, with relationships between school leaders at all levels labelled "destructive and deteriorating".

The Al-Madinah free school has been labelled "inadequate" by Ofsted
The Al-Madinah free school has been labelled "inadequate" by Ofsted Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The school's action plan for improvements was found to be not fit for purpose, and inspectors also found teachers are not being held to account for inadequacies in teaching.

The inspection was carried out on November 29, just weeks after an initial report labelled the school "dysfunctional."

Read: Ofsted brands Derby free school 'dysfunctional'