Trojan Horse-linked school’s head ‘delighted’ by latest Ofsted report

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that the new head of a failing school linked to the so-called Trojan Horse plot has revealed her “delight” after Ofsted revealed it is on the road to recovery.

In April 2014 Ark Boulton Academy in Sparkhill – then called Golden Hillock School – was one of five schools in Birmingham to be plunged into special measures by Ofsted following snap inspections sparked by the emergence of an alleged plot by hard-line Muslims to Islamise non-faith schools.

At the time, inspectors found “too little is done to keep students safe from the risks associated with extremist views”

Meanwhile, Hardeep Saini – the school’s former headteacher – is currently facing allegations of professional misconduct and could face a lifetime ban from the classroom after being accused of allowing an “undue amount of religious influence” on pupils’ education.

The school has faced an uphill battle ever since and last June, Golden Hillock had its last full inspection – when Ofsted ruled pupil behaviour “required improvement” and a high turnover of staff following the Trojan Horse scandal was said to be “hindering” improvements in teaching.

However, last September the school was taken over by the Ark academy chain and has since gained a new governing body, 28 new teachers and new principal Herminder Channa.

Now it has had its first monitoring inspection by Ofsted since it was taken over – and …In a report, seen exclusively by the Birmingham Mail, and set to be published on Monday, Ofsted Inspector Peter Humphries wrote: “Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time the academy is taking effective action towards the removal of special measures”…

“The fresh start has clearly signalled higher expectations and a determination to tackle under-performance head on,” he added…

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We covered an interesting report on the same school, also from the Birmingham Mail, a couple of weeks ago when they discussed the impact of smaller class sizes and longer hours (although there was no particular explanation for how they were managing smaller class sizes).

Sounds like reinforcement from Ofsted too now that things are moving in a positive direction.

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  1. Good to hear the academy’s ‘taking effective action’.  But it should be remembered that this positive comment welcomed with jubilation by the head would not be sufficient to prevent a non-academy from being forced to become an academy.

    The message is clear: monitoring reveals academy is taking effective action – cheers all round;  monitoring reveals non-academy is taking effective action – make it become an academy.

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