'Championing the rights of children'

Former head 'blew the whistle on failing Muslim school'

Garry Tue 22 Oct 2013 20:00

The former head teacher of a state-funded Muslim school emerged today as the original source of concerns over the running of the failing institution.

Andrew Cutts-McKay – who helped set up the school – insisted he turned whistleblower after "repeatedly and unsuccessfully" attempting to alert governors over problems.

He said he tipped off the Government’s Education Funding Agency to serious financial difficulties at school and raised major concerns over the employment of inexperienced staff.

The disclosure will raise fresh questions over the management of the troubled Al-Madinah free school in Derby and how it was allowed to deteriorate to such an extent.

It comes just a week after a damning report by Ofsted unearthed key failings in almost every area of school life.

Inspectors branded it "dysfunctional" and added: "The school is in chaos and reliant on the good will of an interim principal to prevent it totally collapsing."

The school was placed in special measures and must come up with an action plan by the end of the month or face closure from the Department for Education.

It is the first time one of the Government's free schools – state–funded institutions run by parents' groups and charities independently of local council control – has been subjected to such a fierce attack.

Read more... (Daily Telegraph - 22 October)