'Trojan' trust boss slams 'shoddy' school inspections

David Hughes David Hughes said inspectors had followed their "own agendas" in chasing up complaints about governors

Related Stories

The vice-chair of the academy trust at the centre of the "Trojan Horse" row has accused the government of "deliberately misrepresenting" schools.

David Hughes of the Park View Educational Trust said Muslims in Birmingham felt "betrayed" by critical inspection reports.

He made the comments in an open letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove and Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

The Department for Education (DfE) said it "was right" to investigate.

Park View was told the government intends to terminate its funding agreement after Ofsted found schools did not do enough to protect children from extremism.

'Fatally flawed'

In the letter Mr Hughes describes himself as a "white, practising Anglican Christian" and denies there was a plot to "Islamise" Park View, Nansen Primary and Golden Hillock schools or promote extremism.

He notes that Ofsted inspectors - which rated the schools "inadequate" - found no evidence of such a plot.

Another inspection into the trust by the Education Funding Agency was "woefully shoddy" and "fatally flawed", Mr Hughes adds.

Sir Michael Wilshaw Sir Michael Wilshaw has said he will meet with parents at the affected schools

Mr Hughes said the trust was "shocked and saddened" at the suggestion "abominable practices like female genital mutilation and the treatment of women as second-class citizens are not robustly countered at Park View".

He goes on to say the Trojan Horse scandal had created "very angry communities now who feel frightened, betrayed and let down by the way you have exploited the Trojan Horse hoax and demonised them".

"You have my best wishes in dealing with what has been unleashed," he adds.

A DfE spokesman said the department would be "failing in our duty if we ignored the evidence arising from these investigations and did not intervene".

"Every school must offer a broad and balanced curriculum and ensure they are welcoming and inclusive to students of all faith and none."

More on This Story

Related Stories

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

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

10 °C 1 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    09:10: Local reaction to Saddlers' success Caroline Gall BBC News

    I'm off to Walsall to find out what fans - and non-fans - think of the football team's upcoming trip to Wembley.

    Their goalless draw with Preston last night booked their place at "the home of football" for the first time in their 127-year history.

    Walsall fans celebrate

    Walsall have never previously reached a Wembley final - since 1984 they've been within one step of reaching the national stadium four times - but now they've done it.

     
  2.  
    08:57: News on the hour Michelle Dawes Journalist, BBC WM

    On the morning after Walsall Football Club made history - manager Dean Smith tells us the game which secured them their first trip to Wembley has made a hero out of every player.

    More on this in the 09:00 bulletin.

     
  3.  
    08:37: Golden Hillock joins national academies chain Andrew Dawkins BBC News

    A school at the centre of the so-called "Trojan Horse" allegations of a takeover by Muslim hardliners is to join a different group of academies.

    Golden Hillock School

    Golden Hillock School will join the Ark network in September, following a resolution by current management at Park View Educational Trust.

    In December, Ofsted said the school was "making reasonable progress" - it was previously rated inadequate in all categories.

     
  4.  
    08:25: Tipton road closure BBC Travel

    The A457 Sedgley Road East in Tipton is closed westbound between the A4033 Dudley Road West junction and the A461 Dudley Port junction, because of emergency repairs and a collapsed manhole.

    A diversion is in operation. More details are here.

     
  5.  
    08:14: Walsall's Wembley tie makes history BBC Sport

    Walsall's goalless draw with Preston last night booked their place at Wembley for the first time in their 127-year history.

    Walsall celebrate reaching Wembley

    Already 2-0 up from the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final at Deepdale, Dean Smith's men needed only to avoid defeat.

    But, on a tense evening, the Saddlers had to hang on in a frantic finale.

     
  6.  
    08:04: Sunny but cold today Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Showers this morning which are replaced by sunshine and much colder temperatures in the West Midlands this afternoon.

    weather

    Highs of 9C (48F). More about the outlook for the next few days is here.

     
  7.  
    08:00: Good morning Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    I am back in the BBC WM newsroom bringing you today's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Get in touch with us during the day over email, Twitter or Facebook.

     

Features

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ElvisSecret cinema

    Get off the beaten track and explore cinematic history in the Santa Monica Mountains

Programmes

  • A computer generated model of a lift shaftClick Watch

    The future of elevator technology - lifts that can climb up to 1km in the air and even travel sideways

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.