Another Birmingham school put in special measures amid ‘Trojan Horse’ fears

The Telegraph is reporting that another Birmingham school has been placed in special measures by Ofsted – with its head and governors likely to be removed – as, the paper suggests, fears grow of a resurgence of the “Trojan Horse” plot…

In a report to be published this month, Small Heath, a previously “outstanding” non-faith state secondary, will be downgraded to “inadequate”, the lowest possible score.

Inspectors who visited 10 days ago found a “narrowing of the curriculum” and staff in turmoil after the previous –secular – head left.

Shanaz Khan, the new head teacher, who started in September, was heavily backed by several of the key plotters in Trojan Horse, which drove out non-Muslim head teachers and imposed hard-line Islamic practices at a number of state schools in Birmingham…

Small Heath, the pupils of which are largely Muslim, was one of 21 Birmingham schools inspected last spring.

Under its then head teacher, Peter Slough, it was given the all-clear and judged “outstanding”, the highest grade, a rating it had held for many years.

However, Mr Slough stepped down in July, saying he was “not retiring” but wanted to do something else. Asked whether he had been forced out, he laughed and said: “I’ve been here for 19 years, and before I get to the point that I can’t contribute to education, I want to do something else…

In private messages on the WhatsApp discussion group, leaked to this newspaper, members of the plot – including Samir Rauf, then a Small Heath governor – celebrated Mrs Khan’s appointment and discussed how she could pursue an “Islamising agenda”…

However, Mrs Khan appears to have alienated many staff. At least four senior teachers, including Tim Smith, the assistant head and head of sixth form, have resigned in recent weeks.

In a letter of Dec 18, to the chairman of governors, Jamshed Khan, circulated to staff and seen by The Telegraph, Mr Smith said he felt “angry and let down by the governing body”, who had dismissively rejected the “concerns and misgivings” by senior staff about Mrs Khan.

He added: “To misquote Oscar Wilde, to lose one member of the leadership team may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness, but to lose four…?”

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