Failing faith school rejects saving measures 'for second time'

An Islamic school which was placed in special measures by Ofsted has refused to work with an interim group of Government-approved governors - for the second time, according to reports.

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Interim governors 'crucial' to ensure improvement

A group of interim governors drafted in by the Government to preside over a faith school, are "crucial" if the facility is to undergo the "radical improvement" it needs, a spokesman for the temporary staff said.

Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham, which is not being investigated under Operation Trojan Horse, was placed in special measures after failed inspections in December 2013 and April this year.

The appointed chair of the Interim Executive Board, Mr David Willey, together with a number of specialist Local Education Authority officers visited the school and were refused entrance.

The IEB is crucial in ensuring the rapid improvement of Al-Hijrah school following poor Ofsted reports which have identified inadequacies in the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management of the school.

– Spokesman for the interim board

Faith school turns away emergency governors

An Islamic school in Birmingham, which is not involved in Operation Trojan Horse, has rejected the interim governing body appointed to address serious failings - for a second time in 12 days.

Ofsted inspected the school last year before introducing special measures. Credit: PA

Birmingham City Council said members of a Government-approved Interim Executive Board (IEB) were refused entry to the Al-Hijrah School yesterday after arriving to implement an improvement plan.

The refusal to work the IEB came from a protest by 30 parents at the Al-Hijrah School, in Bordesley Green, an inner-city area of Birmingham.

The school, which caters for pupils aged 4 to 16, was placed in special measures after an inspection in December 2013, and was found to remain inadequate during a follow-up visit in April.


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