THE GOVERNING body at a school has been replaced as a damning report deemed the college “inadequate” and said it “does not protect students from the possible risks posed by extremism well enough”.
Carlton Bolling College, Undercliffe Lane, Bradford has been plunged into special measures as the Ofsted report found governance and safeguarding “inadequate.” The report said: “The child protection and safeguarding policy, which is yet to be ratified by governors, fails to give necessary attention to potential risks posed by extremism.”
Michael Jameson, strategic director of children’s services at Bradford Council, said: “Bradford Council has been in discussion with the Department of Education for some time due to concerns that the leadership of the governing body at Carlton Bolling College was impeding the progress of the school in providing a good education for its pupils.
“The Secretary of State today approved the council’s application to establish an Interim Executive Board, which has replaced the governing body with immediate effect.”
Mr Jameson said the head teacher had “made significant progress in developing the school despite the behaviour of some of the governors” and that there “is absolutely no evidence of Islamic extremism being introduced into Carlton Bolling College or any other local authority school in Bradford”.
The report revealed some governing body members have “pushed for the narrowing of the geography curriculum and restricting religious education courses to the study of Islam”.
Meanwhile, a Birmingham City Council inquiry into the alleged “Trojan Horse” takeover plot found key individuals were “promoting and encouraging certain Islamic principles” in Birmingham classrooms amid poor oversight from education chiefs. A leaked draft of another probe found compelling evidence that a hardline Islam agenda was at work in Birmingham schools.