Trojan Horse: 'No extremism' at Birmingham school says governor

The governor at Park View School insists there is no extremism at the school
The governor at Park View School insists there is no extremism at the school Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The chairman of governors at one of the schools in Birmingham at the centre of claims about a takeover plot by hardline Muslims insists "no extremism" is promoted at the institution.

Tahir Alam says Park View Academy is run within a strict legal framework and teaches the national curriculum. He insists all claims made about the school are false.

A number of inquiries have been launched by several bodies after allegations of a takeover plot called Operation Trojan Horse at a number of the city's schools were made in an anonymous letter.

Mr Alam, the director of the Park View Educational Trust which runs three schools, told BBC Radio 4:

"The whole thing has been blown out of all proportion. It's based on an anonymous document, unsigned, undated...

...Park View is a community school so it doesn't have a religious designation, so we don't have a faith designation which means that we can't prescribe any religious practice to any pupil...

...No child has to wear a headscarf, nobody has to go to prayer in a compulsory manner ... only 5-10% of our children pray during lunchtime."

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