The Birmingham Mail is reporting that a school at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal has proven to be one of most sought after secondaries in the Midlands…
Park View School the Academy in Alum Rock was flooded with 884 applications – despite only being able to offer 120 places to pupils this academic year.
The over-subscribed school was so popular with parents wanting their child to start Year 7 at the controversial academy this September that it was flooded with more than SEVEN applications for each of its places.
Parents would have applied for their child’s place in October last year – around six months before Ofsted began investigating an alleged plot by hard-line Islamists totake control of Birmingham schools.
The school was one of five in Birmingham to be placed in special measures by Ofsted in May as part of the scandal – and last month the education watchdog revealed its latest inspection had found Park View had not improved, with “little been done” to tackle issues such as segregation between the sexes.
The figures, obtained by the Mail through the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that Small Heath’s Waverley School was also amongst the top ten most popular secondary schools in the West Midlands this year.
It comes as Kamal Hanif, head teacher of the school, was earlier this year named as chairman of an interim board parachuted in a bid to turn around Park View Educational Trust – which runs Park View School….
Interesting how parental perceptions differ perhaps from those of Ofsted (albeit recognising here that applications were made before the Trojan horse affair broke). Your thoughts? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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