Trust still advising Al-Madinah school

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that staff from a successful foundation trust are still visiting a failing Derby free school to offer help and advice…

The Government asked the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust to step in to assist Al-Madinah School, which was placed in special measures by education inspectors from Ofsted – Office for Standards in Education – in October last year.

Although Greenwood trust chief executive Barry Day has already indicated he would not want to take the city school on full-time because of Al-Madinah’s financial problems, he did send a number of senior staff to work there.

He also wrote a plan for the Muslim school, which has two sites in the city – at Friar Gate and Nelson Street.

A Greenwood Dale spokesman said: “This term some of our staff are again working with the senior school team, under interim head Safeena Higgins, and we are monitoring how things are going.”

Al-Madinah’s remaining trustees – Shazia Parveen and Shabhan Rehmat – who set up the school in 2012 – have previously indicated their intention to resign at the end of January, meaning a new trust management will have to be appointed from February.

In the meantime, the two trustees have posted their own plan on the school’s website, although it is understood this was previously rejected by Schools Minister Lord Nash…

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