Islamic faith school writes to Ofsted head after damning report

Headteacher Abdul Qadeer Baksh said the Ofsted report was 'half-baked'
Headteacher Abdul Qadeer Baksh said the Ofsted report was 'half-baked'

The chair of governors at a Luton Islamic faith school has written to the head of Ofsted, following the release of a damning report.

Olive Tree Primary School, Bury Park Road, was given an inadequate rating after it was found to have books which “promotes and condones” stoning, lashing and execution.

The school has countered that the literature was discovered in a staff library out of reach for students, also that it “provides information about the application of law in a theocracy, not in the UK.”

Writing to Ofsted head inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, chair of governors Farasat Latif asked if the Quaran and Bible should also be removed for references to lashing and stoning.

He said: “I am of the view that the above named books should not be removed from our staff library, as the punishments mentioned within them should not be taken in the context of UK law.”

The Department for Education has said that ‘tough actionn’ will be taken against the school if concerns are not addressed suitably.

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