Ofsted downgrades ‘inadequate’ school

A SALFORD school has fallen foul of government regulations on British values and tolerance introduced in the wake of the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham.

The Beis Yaakov Secondary School is the latest faith school to be punished by Ofsted inspectors for failing new rules intended to tackle allegations of Islamic influence in Birmingham.

And Ofsted has downgraded the all-girls academy from good to inadequate — its lowest rating.

It has also placed the school into special measures.

But Beis Yaakov principal Rabbi Yochonon Goldblatt said he and the school’s governing body were “profoundly disappointed” by Ofsted’s decision. He said: “We are working on many of the issues Ofsted has identified, but we are not downhearted.”

According to the report, students “are potentially at risk because school procedures are too lax and fall far short of statutory requirements”.

Beis Yaakov was one of three Orthodox Jewish schools — the others are JFS and Hackney’s Yesoday Hatorah — given snap inspections by Ofsted last month, with all three downgraded by inspectors.

The report also declared there were “major gaps in students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Students are not provided with sufficient opportunities to learn about or understand people of other faiths or cultures.

It added: “The school does not promote adequately students’ awareness and tolerance of communities which are different to their own.

“As a result, the school does not prepare students adequately for life in modern Britain”.

Rabbi Goldblatt said: “We will work hard to bring the school out of special measures and back to the good rating we achieved before.

“We are pleased that the inspectors did at least recognise both the quality of teaching and achievement of our girls as good. “That is a strength to build on.”

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