Trojan Horse: Pupils 'stigmatised' by Islamic extremism claims

Arshad Malik, parent at Park View School, pictured outside its gates with the Ofsted report which put the academy in special measures Arshad Malik said students and teachers' reputations were being "tarnished"

Related Stories

As Ofsted criticises five Birmingham schools for not doing enough to protect children from extremist ideas, parents of pupils at the schools in the "Trojan Horse" case say they fear their future prospects could be damaged by the allegations.

"There are genuine concerns that children will go to apply to universities or for jobs and when it is shown they attended Park View School, they will be seen as some Islamic extremist, even though nothing has been proved," says Arshad Malik.

His 14-year-old son Imran's school, Park View, is one of the six schools put into special measures after Ofsted's inspection of 21 schools in the city.

Mr Malik says he believes students' and teachers' reputations are being "tarnished".

"Those kind of negative stereotypes can build up," he adds.

"I think parents will think twice to send their children here even if they believe the staff and teachers, because of the stigma.

"We need the clear facts to come out and if the school is cleared, they should change the academy name and move on."

Oldknow Academy Ofsted recommended Oldknow Academy was put in special measures despite being rated outstanding in some areas

Ofsted said in its report Park View Academy "had not effectively raised students' awareness of the risks of extremism".

It is run by the Park View Educational Trust, along with other academies, Golden Hillock and Nansen Primary, which are all to have their funding agreements terminated.

Another parent, Farooq Ahmed, whose daughter attends Golden Hillock, says he is now "worried" about any cuts to funding.

"The most important thing for me is she gets better results and can get better jobs and I would worry if the trust [Park View Educational Trust] had to go," he said.

In the school's inspection report, Ofsted said: "Too little is done to keep students safe from the risks associated with extremist views."

'Children victimised'

Meanwhile, Anoor Khan said he was considering transferring his 12-year-old son from Golden Hillock to another school.

"This is is his first year but I'm thinking of taking him elsewhere," Mr Khan said.

"I want him to be able to get grades... I don't want his education to be affected by politics at all."

Oldknow Academy, which was also placed in special measures, has also been warned it could lose funding unless concerns are addressed.

Shabina Bano Shabina Bano said children could become "victimised" as a result of the Trojan Horse accusations

Shabina Bano, whose two daughters attend Oldknow, said that would have a "serious negative affect" on their future learning.

"We need to know, on what basis can they take funding away? As parents we see no proof that the school is failing," she said.

"Of course children are stigmatised by these accusations and the nature of the playground is that these children could become victimised when they leave to go to secondary school.

"You're going to get children saying, 'are you part of Al Qaeda, are you from a Jihadi school?'. It's unfair on them."

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

10 °C 6 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    11:23: Women and politics Patrick Burns Political editor, Midlands

    This Sunday is International Women's Day so I'm preparing a discussion on our Sunday Politics programme (11.00 BBC One Midlands) focusing on what's being done to encourage more women to get involved in politics.

    Woman to woman - Labour's battle bus

    More than 800,000 Midlands women did not vote at all in the last general election and in a region with 63 Parliamentary constituencies we have just 11 women MPs.

     
  2.  
    11:12: Have your say Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

     
  3.  
    11:00: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    A man has been arrested in Sutton Coldfield - believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence department.

    More in the news at 11:00

     
  4.  
    10:46: Watch: 'Wrong body' mix-up Peter Wilson West Midlands Correspondent

    A friend of former MEP Philip Bradbourn, whose body has been the subject of a funeral mix-up, has said if some good comes out of reviews into the matter then at least it would be fitting.

    Philip Bradbourn

    Mr Bradbourn died at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, on 20 December. A similarly named man, Philip Bradburn, died at University Hospital Birmingham before Christmas.

    Both bodies were taken to the same mortuary, it is understood. But the wrong body was released in January for the Conservative MEP's cremation at Bushbury crematorium in Wolverhampton on 16 January.

    Watch my report in full online now.

     
  5.  
    10:30: Man arrested over US hacking Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    A 23-year-old man in Sutton Coldfield who is believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence department in June 2014, has been arrested by West Midlands Police.

     
  6.  
    10:25: FA Cup: Poet's ode to Aston Villa v West Brom BBC Sport

    Local poet Benjamin Zephaniah delivers his ode to the West Midlands derby in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final between Aston Villa and West Brom.

    Benjamin Zephaniah's ode to Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final

    The Handsworth-born writer explains the ties that made him an Aston Villa fan instead of supporting their local rivals.

    Villa beat their neighbours 2-1 in Tuesday's Premier League game but remain five points and four places below the Baggies.

    Watch the video here.

     
  7.  
    10:09: Calls for Bradbourn death inquiry Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    A West Midlands MEP is calling for a full inquiry after a mix-up at a crematorium which led to the wrong body being cremated during a funeral.

    Yesterday we broke the story that two hospital trusts and a mortuary had to launch investigations after Phillip Bradbourn died late last year.

    MEP Anthea Mcintyre

    MEP Anthea Mcintyre, a long time friend of Phillips' is calling for an inquiry, saying "Nobody should have to go for this. No family of anybody should have to go through this."

     
  8.  
    09:58: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 10:00 on BBC WM: A charity is warning there are too many delays in diagnosing brain tumours, as a Birmingham mum-of-four says she feels her condition should have been investigated sooner.

     
  9.  
    09:35: Jaguar Land Rover will have a driverless car within a decade Birmingham Mail

    Midland carmaking giant Jaguar Land Rover will produce a driverless car within a decade, the firm has pledged.

    It made the promise in evidence to a House of Commons inquiry into road safety.

    JLR said: "Our vision is to offer a choice of an engaged or autonomous drive.

     
  10.  
    09:22: Schools goes into special measures Phil Mackie News Correspondent

    One of the schools which was part of the so-called Trojan Horse investigations into alleged infiltration by Islamic conservatives in Birmingham, will be put into special measures after being rated "outstanding" a year ago.

    Ofsted inspectors have described Small Heath school's leadership as 'dysfunctional' , saying its governing body is "ineffective", and that staff morale is very low.

     
  11.  
    09:13: Calls for new treatment strategy Qasa Alom Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Clinicians who treat patients with Lymphoedema have met in Birmingham to call for a national strategy for treating the condition.

    Woman being treated patients with Lymphoedema

    Lymphoedema is a swelling that can occur anywhere in the body and effects around a quarter of a million people in the UK.

    The British Lymphology Society has launched petition to get more funding for the service from the NHS.

     
  12.  
    08:58: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    In the news at 09:00:

    We'll have more on our top story. Figures suggest the number of migrants from Eastern Europe living in Birmingham and the Black Country has gone up by more than half in just three years.

    Shortly we'll hear from Andy Alsop from the Wolverhampton Refugee and Migrant Centre.

     
  13.  
    08:53: Escalator failure at New Street

    Birmingham New Street tweets: Apologies for our current escalator failures, we are working along with the manufacturer & maintainer to resolve the escalator issues asap.

     
  14.  
    08:46: Christina Edkins memorial

    A service is being held at Birmingham Cathedral this weekend in memory of the teenager Christina Edkins (pictured).

    Christina Edkins

    The 16-year-old died two years ago after she was stabbed on a bus on her way to school by Phillip Simelane.

    The 23-year-old from Walsall, had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

    A report last year found her death could've been prevented if Simelane had been given mental health treatment. He admitted manslaughter in October 2013.

     
  15.  
    08:36: Discoloured water Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    South Staffs Water warns that some customers in Sutton Coldfield may experience brown water in their supply.

    Customers are told to run their cold water tap for approximately 15 minutes or until the water runs clear.

    The company says the water is not harmful to people's health.

     
  16.  
    08:23: Migrant population increases Inside Out

    The number of migrants from Eastern Europe living in Birmingham and the Black Country has gone up by more than half in just three years, figures suggest.

    It's expected around 22,000 extra migrants will have settled here from places like Poland and Romania compared with 2011.

    A Border Force officer checking passports at Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport in June

    The BBC has seen new projected figures for the whole of England which show that the wider West Midlands region will see the biggest rise in the country an overall jump of 57%.

     
  17.  
    08:12: M6 disruption BBC Travel

    There are delays and slow traffic on the M6 southbound before junction 6 for A38 Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of an earlier overturned vehicle.

    All lanes have reopened but travel time is around 25 minutes.

    Stay up to date on the BBC travel page.

     
  18.  
    08:02: Outlook for today Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Rather cloudy at first, but it will remain dry with increasing amounts of bright or sunny spells developing, especially towards the south and east.

    Charlie Slater

    Breezy with winds strengthening throughout the day but remaining mild with a high of 12C (54F).

     
  19.  
    08:00: Good morning Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you see something which you think we should be covering - email or tweet @BBCWM.

     

Features

  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world


  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage


  • Target practice for Lithuanian troopsBaltic shiver

    Europe editor Katya Adler on the alarm at Russian muscle-flexing


  • Ruben ReuterRuben returns Watch

    Child TV star with Down's syndrome on life away from home


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show

Programmes

  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach – why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. 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.