The interim executive board has issued the following statement:
“Following a number of visits from OFSTED inspectors, Al-Hijrah school has been judged to require special measures.
“As a result of this judgment, the Local Education Authority applied to the Department for Education to establish an Interim Executive Board (IEB). The Secretary of State gave his approval on the 16 May 2014 and the IEB has taken on the responsibilities of the school governing body. This includes the management of the budget, the curriculum, staffing, pay and performance management and the appointment of the head teacher and deputy head teacher.
“A letter was sent to all parents during half term to inform them of the situation.
“Today the appointed Chair of the Interim Executive Board, Mr David Willey together with a number of specialist Local Education Authority officers visited the school and were refused entrance.
“The IEB members together with all officers withdrew to consider options available to them.
“The IEB is crucial in ensuring the rapid improvement of Al-Hijrah school following poor OFSTED reports which have identified inadequacies in the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management of the school.
“The IEB attended Al-Hijrah school this morning to start the process of rapid improvement and to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all pupils.
“The IEB intervention will improve outcomes for children, ensure robust financial management for the benefit of the pupils and will not in any way change the religious character of the school.”