Former Park View Academy heading in right direction, says Ofsted

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that a school at the heart of the alleged Trojan Horse plot has been told it is heading in the right direction under new leadership.

Rockwood Academy, the former Park View Academy, was one of five Birmingham schools plunged into special measures by Ofsted in April last year.

It was rated “inadequate” following a snap inspection after allegations emerged of a plot by hardline Muslims to take over governing bodies, oust teachers and Islamise the curriculum.

Park View’s former acting head Monzoor Hussain is among over a dozen teachers currently facing disciplinary hearings over allegations that they agreed to the inclusion of an undue amount of religion on pupils’ education.

In September, Park View was renamed Rockwood Academy and last month Ofsted inspectors carried out its fifth monitoring inspection of the school.

For the first time since April last year Ofsted has deemed the school to be on the right track to pull itself out of special measures. 

In his report, to be officially published by Ofsted on Friday, Inspector Chris Chapman said: “Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.”

Praise was lavished on the academy’s new principal, Fuzel Choudhury.

Mr Chapman wrote: “The new principal has embarked on his role with passion, commitment, drive and determination.

“His clear vision is suitably focused on academy improvement through raising standards of teaching, learning and behaviour…”

More at: Ofsted reports improvement at ‘Trojan Horse’ school


Ofsted and the school both acknowledge there is still much to be done, but it certainly sounds like progress is being made which has to be good news for all involved.

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Good on the school and teachers there but Ofsted announcement does have a ring of “you’re a bit less rubbish” about it

  2. andylutwyche SchoolsImprove  ‘taking effective action towards the removal of special measures’ is standard Ofsted speak when monitoring schools judged Inadequate.  It may be, as you say, ‘a bit less rubbish’, but it should be viewed as a sign things are improving.
    However, it’s ignored by the DfE intent on turning schools into academies (or handing stand-alone academies to a MAT).  You could say that such optimistic comments, albeit small,  indicate the school is ripe for academy trust takeover – the MAT could then claim responsibility for any further improvement.

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