The Evening Standard is reporting that an Islamic boys’ school which “failed to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain” has been rated as inadequate by Ofsted.
Inspectors downgraded Darul Hadis Latifiah in Bethnal Green, which caters for boys aged 11 to 20, after an inspection during which a book was found in the library which promoted “inappropriate” views on “how girls and women should behave”.
The inspectors concluded that the government’s counter-terrorism Prevent policy was not being fully implemented, saying pupils were not being “prepared for life in modern Britain”.
The two-and-a-half day inspection in October also found a camera inside the “communal area of the toilets” displaying images of students in “plain view” of the reception area.
They also found changing rooms and showers were “grimy and disgusting” after mouse droppings and sharp metal were found on the floor.
The independent school said it was “preparing a formal complaint” and said the camera only viewed the “washing area”.
Badrul Islam, secretary to the school’s governing board, said: “We are currently preparing a formal complaint to Ofsted about the way the inspection was conducted and judgements were made.
“While we accept that there were a few failings affecting the judgement on safeguarding leading to an overall ‘inadequate’ judgement, we have good reason to believe that the report is excessively negative and does not give an accurate picture of our students’ attainment and progress.”
Do you think Ofsted was too harsh to grade the school as ‘inadaquate’? Are they right to appeal against the rating? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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