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Islamic school stays open after telling government it was closed

Islamic school stays open after telling government it was closed

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
24/10/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

An independent Islamic school which refused access to inspectors has remained open despite telling the government it had closed, a report from the education watchdog Ofsted has revealed.

In a  published on Monday, Ofsted said "the available evidence" suggested Islamic Preparatory School Wolverhampton was still operating when inspectors visited the site on 25 September.

The inspection took place two days after the school's head informed the Department for Education (DfE) that the school had closed.

The report also revealed that:

  • Ofsted's lead inspector was denied entry to the school during the visit. The school's head had also refused to allow an inspector on to the premises during a visit in .
  • Inspectors were unable to check whether the school had a suitable safeguarding policy, despite the fact they found "several hazards" in the school during the February visit.
  • The proprietor claimed the school was only providing tuition, so did not need to be registered or inspected.