School named and shamed by watchdog for failing to protect pupils from Islamic extremism

A school in London's East End is to be named and shamed by an education watchdog for failing to protect pupils from Islamic extremism.

Sir John Cass's Foundation and Red Coat School in Stepney is expected to be placed in 'special measures' by Ofsted.

Sir John Cass's Foundation and Red Coat School Credit: Google Street View

The school is one of seven in Tower Hamlets which were the focus of an Ofsted investigation. Sir John Cass is the only local authority school, the other six are private.

Details of the Ofsted report, due to be published tomorrow, have been leaked.

The inspectors discovered a Facebook site set up by a sixth form Islamic society which contained links to radical Islamic preachers.

The school is also expected to come under fire for keeping boys and girls apart in 'segregated' playgrounds.

The inspection reports have not yet been published so we are unable to comment on the contents but what we can say is that when any issues in our maintained schools do occur, we have a strong track record of intervening swiftly and successfully to address them.

We note that of the schools inspected, only one is a publicly-funded maintained school.

As is common practice, we will work with the leadership of this school to address any issues identified by Ofsted.

As a local education authority, we have no jurisdiction whatsoever over teaching and standards at independent faith schools. This is Ofsted’s area of responsibility.

We do, however, have responsibility for safeguarding all children in the borough and have always exercised our safeguarding duties to the full.

– Robert McCulloch-Graham, Director of Education, Tower Hamlets Council