Al-Madinah free school gets new education trust

Al-Madinah School The school was described by Ofsted as "dysfunctional" and rated as inadequate

Related Stories

A new education trust is to be brought in to run the troubled Al-Madinah free school in Derby, Education Minister Lord Nash has confirmed.

It follows a highly critical Ofsted report and a letter from the minister outlining 17 areas of improvement to be addressed by the school.

The school was described as "dysfunctional" and rated inadequate.

The current trustees have agreed to resign along with the chair of governors, Shazia Parveen.

The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, which runs several academy schools across the East Midlands, has been asked to work with the school.

'Swift resolution'

In a letter to the outgoing chair of governors Lord Nash said: "I am not satisfied that you have demonstrated a strong basis for the transformation required at the school.

"I cannot tolerate any child experiencing a poor quality of education in any state funded school and am therefore determined to ensure there is a swift resolution.

"I have decided that the needs of the pupils at Al-Madinah school would be best served by bringing in a more experienced trust with the skills and capability required to deliver the improvements needed.

"The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust has a track record of providing high quality education to children from a Muslim background and I have no doubt they will apply this expertise at Al-Madinah."

The new trust's Chief Executive Barry Day said: "If we sense that all we are going to get is resistance to everything that we try and do there - we will have to sit back and think about whether this is a project is actually winnable - but I don't believe that is going to happen.

"My job is to go in and talk to people and convince them that ... we are have their best interests at heart. We will give it our best shot."

Ms Parveen issued a statement in response to Lord Nash's letter, in which she said: "The trust will ensure that the transition of Al-Madinah is smooth and the ethos of the faith designated school remains secure.

"We acknowledge the positive input to allow or children to progress and have an academic success and a positive future."

Al-Madinah: The story so far

Ofsted report
  • September 2012: Al-Madinah school opens
  • August 2013: The Education Funding Agency confirms it is investigating alleged financial irregularities at the school
  • September: The school faces allegations it is imposing strict Islamic practices
  • October 7: The school reopens almost a week after it was closed during an Ofsted inspection over "health and safety concerns"
  • October 8: Education Minister Lord Nash lays out 17 concerns about the school and says it will close unless "unacceptable" teaching standards improve
  • Oct 14: The school amends its policy to make clear women do not have to wear head scarves
  • October 17: The school is described by Ofsted inspectors as "dysfunctional"
  • Oct 25: Muslim community leaders in Derby call for the school governors to resign
  • Nov 22: Lord Nash announces a new education trust will be brought in

Earlier, a statement on the school's website said the governors would not be stepping down and would work with the Department for Education (DfE) over the future of the school.

The message read: "Just to re-assure parents regarding the rumours circulating... about governors resigning.

"This is not the case and we would urge parents to talk to the PTA [parent-teacher association] and the governors if they are concerned.

"We are working with the DfE to ensure that our pupils future and the future of our school is secure."

On Friday, a DfE investigation into the school's finances was also published.

The report highlighted the school could not demonstrate that it was maintaining proper accounting records as required by the Companies Act.

It identified irregular payments of £19,188.85 which included duplicated payments to a supplier.

There were also concerns in the report that there were too few governors at the school which resulted in decisions being made by just two members of the board.

Lord Nash had written to the Al-Madinah Education Trust on 8 October "placing 17 requirements, which they must satisfy or risk their funding agreement being terminated".

The school's trustees were told to provide a plan by 1 November to show how fit they were to run the school and how it would improve.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Derby

Weather

Derby

Min. Night 7 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Pulse keeps moving 17:45:

    Derwent Pulse, an art project featuring hundreds of glowing orbs being floated down the River Derwent - has passed through Rowsley and is making its way to Matlock.

    Derwent Pulse

    The work is designed to highlight memorable attractions along the river as well its part in the Industrial Revolution.

     
  2.  
    Blackpool v Rams 17:35: Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Welcome to Blackpool seafront, where children are crying and people are being knocked off their feet by the wind.

    Blackpool

    Follow the game online here from 19:45.

     
  3.  
    Autumn storm 17:26: Kelly Smith Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    Here's a photo that sums up Derby's weather today.

    Soaked autumn leaves
     
  4.  
    Solar plan 17:16: BBC Radio Derby

    Derbyshire County Council says it's exploring the idea of having more solar farms in the county.

    Work is already under way on two farms, in Hulland Ward and Marchington, but there has been significant local opposition to both projects.

     
  5.  
    East Midlands Today 17:05: Kirsty Edwards Sports Presenter

    It's a big night in the Championship tonight with Derby County playing the bottom team (Blackpool) and Nottingham Forest taking on the league leaders (Watford).

    Cyrus Christie

    On BBC One at 18:30, Rams boss Steve McClaren and full-back Cyrus Christie will be offering their thoughts.

     
  6.  
    News on the hour 16:57: Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    This afternoon we've learned that 150 jobs are to go at East Staffordshire-based JCB. I'll have the latest in my 17:00 bulletin.

     
  7.  
    Green light for defender 16:44:

    Fleetwood Town have given Alfreton Town permission to play on-loan defender Tom Davies in this weekend's FA Cup clash against Lincoln City.

    But the Reds will be without midfielder David Mellor, who has returned to Oldham Athletic following his one-month loan spell.

     
  8.  
    Tea party time 16:33: Sally Pepper Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    Last year I launched my Sally's Army campaign, aimed at helping people who feel isolated or lonely.

    On Thursday we'll be having the first of our Sally's Army tea parties at the Friends Meeting House on St Helen's Street in Derby.

    Sally Pepper with her Sally's Army teapot

    It's from 11:00 to 13:00 and is open to anyone who feels lonely or wants to learn more about volunteering as a befriender. Call 01332 361111 to book a place.

     
  9.  
    JCB job cuts 16:24: Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    JCB is cutting 150 jobs across various sites, including its headquarters in Rocester and its engine making plant in Foston.

    JCB logo

    A 45-day consultation has been started with staff and it is hoped the majority of cuts will be achieved through voluntary redundancy and earlier retirement.

     
  10.  
    Firm buys railway cottages 16:15: Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    In a statement, energy firm Shanks doesn't say why it is buying the five railway cottages on Sinfin Lane.

    The company is building the waste treatment plan on behalf of Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, but it is not yet clear whether either authority knew about the purchase.

     
  11.  
    Brewers borrow young midfielder 16:06:

    Burton Albion have signed Blackburn Rovers midfielder Darragh Lenihan on a one-month loan deal.

    Darragh Lenihan

    The 20-year-old, who has represented the Republic of Ireland U21 side, is expected to go straight into the squad for tonight's game against Carlisle United.

     
  12.  
    News on the hour 15:55: Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 16:00 bulletin, I'll have the full story on JCB announcing it is cutting 150 jobs.

     
  13.  
    Jobs to go at JCB 15:41: Burton Mail

    Digger manufacturer JCB has announced it is shedding 150 jobs across its UK factories because of a global slump in demand for construction equipment.

     
  14.  
    LED switch agreed 15:32: Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    Derbyshire County Council's cabinet has agreed to switch 78% of its street lights to LED technology, saving millions of pounds.

     
  15.  
    Top gusts 15:23: Charlie Slater BBC Weather

    A yellow warning is still in place across the East Midlands with winds of up to 50mph still possible. Here's a look at the top gusts so far:

    East Midlands gusts list
     
  16.  
    A52 crash: Two seriously hurt 15:14: Ashbourne News Telegraph

    Police have said two people, a female driver and a male passenger, have been seriously injured in a head-on crash between two cars on the A52 near Kirk Langley this morning.

     
  17.  
    News on the hour 14:57: Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    Derbyshire County Council has admitted it is exploring the idea of having more solar farms in the county.

    For more on this story and others listen live to BBC Radio Derby.

     
  18.  
    Matlock cloud update 14:41: Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    It's still very windy here in Matlock, although the clouds don't look quite so ominous.

    Matlock clouds
     
  19.  
    Riverlights 'still has a future' 14:23: BBC Radio Derby

    Retail expert Ian Ferguson says he believes the five empty units at Derby's Riverlights complex will be filled in the future.

    He said: "The fact it was built at the time we were just entering recession has created its own challenges.

    "Confidence generally is slowly returning and I think those units will be let at some point, but it's making sure they are the right businesses for those units."

     
  20.  
    First look 14:10: Andy Potter Presenter, BBC Radio Derby

    At 14:15, you can hear me getting a sneak preview of Deda's new studio and refurbished theatre.

    New studio
     
  21.  
    News on the hour 13:56: Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    Two people have been seriously injured in a road accident involving two cars in Derbyshire. I'll bring you the details in my 14:00 bulletin.

     
  22.  
    Missing teenager found 13:46:

    Police say 14-year-old Shannon Clifton, who had been missing from her home in Chaddesden since Wednesday, has been found safe and well in Derby.

     
  23.  
    County 'battered' by Gonzalo 13:35: Derbyshire Times

    Winds exceeding 40mph have been recorded in parts of Derbyshire this morning as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo batter the county.

     
  24.  
    Land Girls honoured 13:23: Tom Richardson BBC News Online

    A memorial to Britain's Land Girls funded by an £85,000 fundraising campaign is due to be unveiled later.

    A clay maquette shows how the finished sculpture will look when it is unveiled

    The bronze statue, created to honour women who served in the Land Army during World War Two, has been placed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

    A three-year campaign by the Staffordshire Women's Food and Farming Union to fund the project received more than 1,000 donations.

     
  25.  
    'Still hope' for Riverlights 13:14:

    A Derby business expert says finding the right restaurant or retailer could turn around the fortunes of the city's beleaguered Riverlights development.

    Riverlights

    Since the closure of Jimmy's World Grill last week, the multimillion-pound building has five empty units and the company which owns it went into administration last year.

     
  26.  
    News on the hour 12:59: Kelly Smith Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    There is a future for the Derby Riverlights project according to a local business expert. Find out more in my 13:00 bulletin.

    Derby Riverlights
     
  27.  
    Rams' record-equalling chance 12:44: Nigel Cash BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Derby County have the opportunity to equal a 102-year-old club record at Blackpool this evening.

    A clean sheet against the Tangerines would be the Rams' sixth in a row, matching a record set in April 1912.

     
  28.  
    Five hurt in A52 crash 12:35: Derby Telegraph

    Five people are thought to have been injured in a crash which has closed the A52 near Ashbourne.

     
  29.  
    Cottages sold to waste firm 12:24: Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    I've just had it confirmed that the five railway cottages on Sinfin Lane are being bought by the operators of the waste treatment plant, Shanks.

     
  30.  
    Wind forecast 12:14:

    Here's how BBC Weather sees the windy conditions evolving over the next few hours.

    Wind predictions map
     
  31.  
    Ruff weather conditions 12:05:

    Derbyshire Police's dog section has shared this photo of PD Stan's ears being blown around in this morning's high winds.

    PD Stan
     
  32.  
    News on the hour 11:56: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 12:00 bulletin I'll have more on the future of Derby's beleaguered Riverlights development.

     
  33.  
    Airport unaffected by storm 11:54: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Airport says today's stormy weather has so far not delayed any flights in or out and it has not received any diverted flights from other airports.

     
  34.  
    Waste plant evictions puzzle 11:46: BBC Radio Derby

    Residents being evicted by their landlord from five homes near the planned waste-to-energy site in Sinfin say they were under the impression the move was prompted by Derby City Council - but the authority says this is not necessarily the case.

    Railway cottages on Sinfin Lane

    Sinfin city councillor Baggy Shanker said: "It could be the council buying them, but the officers I spoke to yesterday weren't aware of it.

    "If it was a compulsory purchase order or something like that, I'm pretty sure there would have been a cabinet report which I would have seen."

     
  35.  
    Coal dust worries 11:35:

    BBC News Online has more on plans for an opencast mine near Clay Cross.

    The proposal has met with opposition from residents who are concerned about noise and coal dust.

     
  36.  
    Drug gang boss convicted 11:25:

    A man from Darley Dale has been found guilty of being the ringleader of a drugs gang.

    Neil Ogden

    Neil Ogden, 45, was convicted of drugs and money laundering offences along with 13 other men following a lengthy police investigation and seven-week trial.

     
  37.  
    Crash closes road 11:16:

    An accident has closed the A52 Ashbourne Road in Kirk Langley, reports BBC Travel.

     
  38.  
    Stormy Matlock 11:05: Chris Doidge BBC Radio Derby political reporter

    It's too windy for an umbrella in Matlock. I'm hoping that blue sky is heading this way so I can get to a Derbyshire County Council meeting without getting wet.

    Matlock skies
     
  39.  
    News on the hour 10:55: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    The top local story in my 11:00 bulletin is about the prospect of Derbyshire getting several new solar farms. Listen live.

     
  40.  
    Mine plans submitted 10:49: BBC Radio Derby

    Plans for a new open cast mine near Clay Cross have been submitted to Derbyshire County Council.

    Provectus wants to mine 175,000 tonnes of coal from beneath fields close to the town, but some residents have said they are strongly opposed to the plan.

     
  41.  
    Have your say 10:28: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to find out what you think.

     
  42.  
    More than 700 dumped animals 10:17:

    The RSPCA says it has dealt with 769 cases of animals being abandoned by their owners in Derbyshire this year.

    The charity says 29,770 animals have been dumped nationally since the start of 2014, with the situation expected to get worse during the winter months.

     
  43.  
    Video: The hurricane effect 10:05:
  44.  
    News on the hour 09:59: Sally Swinfen Newsreader

    People living next to the city's planned energy plant have been told to leave their rented homes.

    I'll have the full story in my 10:00 bulletin on BBC Radio Derby.

     
  45.  
    Gwen Taylor's cancer fight 09:47: Derby Telegraph

    Derby actress Gwen Taylor says she "feels guilty" as she is winning her fight with cancer.

    Gwen Taylor
     
  46.  
    Burglar absconds 09:37:

    A convicted burglar has gone on the run from Sudbury open prison.

    William Horsnall, 28, from Stoke, was serving a 27-month sentence when he absconded overnight between Sunday and Monday.

     
  47.  
    Appetite for devolution? 09:27: John Hess Political editor, East Midlands

    Transferring powers from Whitehall and Westminster to areas closer to home is back on the political agenda after the Scottish independence referendum.

    But how enthusiastic are people in the East Midlands about the possibility of getting more political power?

     
  48.  
    Rowett linked with Blues job 09:15: Burton Mail

    Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett is the bookmakers' early favourite to take over at Championship side Birmingham City.

     
  49.  
    Concern for missing teenager 09:06:

    Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of a 14-year-old girl from Chaddesden who has been missing for nearly a week.

    Shannon Clifton

    Shannon Clifton has not been since leaving school on Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

     
  50.  
    News on the hour 08:56: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 09:00 bulletin, I'll have more on people living next to Derby's planned energy plant being told to leave their rented homes.

     
  51.  
    Storm hits UK 08:49:

    You can read the latest on how the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo is affecting the whole of the UK here.

    UK storms live page
     
  52.  
    Storm update 08:39: Sara Blizzard BBC Weather

    We're seeing gusts of 40-50mph in Derbyshire at the moment linked to Hurricane Gonzalo.

    There are some pretty squally showers as well, which could contain hail and thunder as we head into the afternoon.

     
  53.  
    Stormy weather: Your stories 08:29: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    So have this morning's strong winds and rain caused you any problems? Here at the the BBC Radio Derby studios we've already seen a plant pot blown over.

    Plant pot

    Email or tweet your comments and photos.

     
  54.  
    Waste plants homes repossessed 08:18: BBC Radio Derby

    Residents living in five houses next to the city's planned waste-to-energy plant have been told their rented homes are being repossessed.

    People living in the Railway Cottages, on Sinfin Lane, say their landlord has sold all five terraced properties to the city council, although the authority has not yet confirmed this.

     
  55.  
    Wind warning for drivers 08:05:

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service tweets: Wowzers it's windy! Please take extra care on the roads today. Leave plenty of time for journeys! #drivetoarrive #HurricaneGonzalo

     
  56.  
    News on the hour 07:57: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    A group of Derby residents living next to the city's planned waste-to-energy plant have been told their rented homes are being repossessed.

    I'll bring you the full story in my 08:00 bulletin.

     
  57.  
    TOP HEADLINES
    • JCB: Digger maker cutting 150 jobs
    • Waste plant: Tenants losing homes
    • Listen: BBC Radio Derby
     
  58.  
    Gales 'coincide with rush hour' 07:47:

    The Met Office said the gales would "coincide with the morning rush hour in places".

    Forecasters warn that fallen leaves could impede drainage, increasing the risk of surface water on roads and causing difficult driving conditions.

     
  59.  
    'Windy out there' 07:42:

    East Midlands Ambulance Service tweets: It's really windy out there this morning. Take extra are on the roads and allow more travel time. #betterlatethannever

     
  60.  
    Gales forecast 07:33:

    The Met Office has issued "be aware" warnings, with gales forecast for much of the UK, while BBC Weather said heavy rain was already spreading across many areas.

    Weather map
     
  61.  
    Markeaton island congestion 07:29:

    There is slow traffic on the A38 southbound in Derby at Markeaton island.

    Keep up to speed with the latest travel information here.

     
  62.  
    Flights cancelled 07:20: BBC Radio Derby

    Strong winds are expected to cause disruption across the country, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo sweep in from the Atlantic.

    More than 100 flights in and out of Heathrow Airport have been cancelled.

    The Met Office says the strongest winds will coincide with the rush hour in places.

     
  63.  
    Windy weather 07:08:

    Sunshine and scattered showers, sometimes heavy. Very windy with gusts 45 to 55mph, but possibly locally to 60 or 65mph with squally showers inland, over the Peak District and along the coast. Feeling noticeably colder.

     
  64.  
    Good morning 07:00:

    We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Derbyshire today.

    We've started the Local Live service an hour early due to the strong winds expected from the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.