Today’s stabbing at a Bradford school is the third alleged classroom incident in Yorkshire in just over a year.
In April 2014, 61-year-old teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed to death while teaching a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.
The perpetrator, William Cornick, who was 15 years old when he committed the murder, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years at Leeds Crown Court in November. In January he lost an appeal against the sentence.
In March this year an 11-year-old boy was charged with threatening a teacher with a knife following an incident at King James’s School in Knaresborough. The alleged incident involved a first year pupil and a 53-year-old man. No-one was injured.
Alison Hill of the Bradford National Union of Teachers branch said today’s attack was “shocking coming so soon after the Corpus Christi stabbing”. She added: “Our thoughts are with the teacher and his family.”
The Kings Science Academy was one of the first 24 free schools to open in the country in 2011 and was visited and praised by Prime Minister David Cameron the following year.
However in early 2013 its first Ofsted inspection found that it required improvement. Later that year it became engulfed in scandal after a Department for Education audit report was leaked which contained allegations of fraud. A West Yorkshire Police investigation was launched and three former members of staff have since been charged and await trial, including the school’s founder and former principal Sajid Raza. In January of this year Dixons - an established academy chain in Bradford - took over as lead sponsor of the school resulting in it changing its name to Dixons Kings.