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Bradford City Council sack school governors

Bradford City Council has today removed school governors for failing to protect children from identifying extremist views.

An Ofsted report, officially published today, said that Carlton Bolling College, Bradford, had failed to cater to the specific needs of non-muslim students.

The report stated staff at the school had raised serious concerns over the management but feared speaking out publicly.

Members of Bradford City Council were also concerned about the decline in standards of the school and opened discussions with the Department for Education about removing the current governors.

Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children’s Services at the council, said: “Bradford Council has been in discussion with the Department of Education for some time due to concerns that the leadership of the governing body at Carlton Bolling College was impeding the progress of the school in providing a good education for its pupils.

“The Secretary of State today approved the Council’s application to establish an Interim Executive Board (IEB), which has replaced the governing body with immediate effect.”

“We had to make the right decision for the children and young people at Carlton Bolling. Our primary concern is always the education of all the children in Bradford’s schools – it is our first and foremost priority in everything we are doing.”

The report, which deemed the school to be inadequate, also highlighted that some students of Eastern European heritage were felt in some cases they had been racially abused.

Here is our report on the issues at the school from earlier in the week.


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