School governor says Gove and Ofsted ‘demonising’ communities

Michael Gove and Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw have been accused of “demonising” the communities at the centre of allegations that hardline Muslims are trying to take over schools.

David Hughes, governor at Park View School in Birmingham, launched a stinging attack on the Education Secretary and the Ofsted chief inspector over their handling of the so-called “Trojan Horse” case and suggested that they had exploited the situation

In an open letter to Mr Gove and Sir Michael, Mr Hughes, who is also vice chair of Park View Educational Trust (PVET), warned that communities affected by the allegations feel “frightened, betrayed and let down”.

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All three of PVET’s schools –Park View, Nansen Primary and Golden Hillock – were among the five schools declared inadequate and put into special measures by Ofsted following inspections at a number of Birmingham schools as part of an investigation into the alleged plot to promote hardline Islamic values. Mr Hughes asked why Park View School had been told it was outstanding but was then informed that it had swiftly deteriorated.

He wrote: “We were told we were outstanding, not least in a personal visit from Sir Michael, and courted to set up our multi-academy trust.

“Now we are told we have deteriorated at an alarming rate – yet we are largely the same people, doing what we did previously.”

He warned Mr Gove and Sir Michael: “You have some very angry communities now who feel frightened, betrayed and let down by the way you have exploited the Trojan Horse hoax and demonised them.”

“You have my best wishes in dealing with what has been unleashed.”