The interim executive board (IEB) at Al-Hijrah school has today issued letters to the former chair of governors and the other former governors banning them from the school site with immediate effect.
The IEB has three times in recent days tried to go about its lawful business but has been turned away each time by the school.
The refusal of the previous governing body is unprecedented. Despite a year with five Ofsted reports and a lengthy improvement process working with the council the former governing body still has a complete lack of insight into the issues and their severity. This failure sits at the centre of the refusal to recognise the legal authority of the IEB.
The council also has serious anxiety about the school's financial position, with its deficit currently standing at £889,000.
We would assure parents that we will not lose sight of the fact this is a school setting and children are sitting exams, and this ban will be enforced in a proportionate way. We would therefore repeat our call for those involved to ensure a smooth transition to the IEB so the task of improving this school is not delayed any further.
In addition, the chair of the IEB David Willey has written to school staff and to all parents setting out the commitment of the interim board to securing high standards in this faith school.
As part of the letter to parents the IEB chair has said: 'We respect the Islamic ethos of Al-Hijrah and respect your decision to see your child educated there. Al-Hijrah was founded as an Islamic school and will remain so.'
The IEB will also be working with a respected and excellent local school in a new improvement partnership and will be meeting with parents and staff.
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