- Islamist girls' boarding school Jamia Al Hudaa in Nottingham faces closure
- Former pupil Aliyah Saleem first blew the whistle on the school in 2014
- But it is only now, following another Ofsted inspection, that it could close
- Ordered it shut down residential area - but boarders make up 85% of pupils
Following her expulsion Ms Saleem has spoken out about her treatment at Jamia Al Hudaa girls’ school in Nottingham, saying she was not taught geography, history or music
An Islamist girls' boarding school which taught that men could beat women and that gay men could be killed faces closure after a student whistleblower exposed its worrying practices.
Aliyah Saleem was expelled in front of the entire school in 2011 just for owning a disposable camera.
Following her expulsion Ms Saleem spoke out about her treatment at Jamia Al Hudaa girls’ school in Nottingham, saying she was not taught geography, history, art or music.
Instead, she was taught that death sentence could be given to gay men; that Jews and Christians make Allah angry; and that men should be allowed to beat their wives.
Despite reporting the school's inadequacies to both Ofsted and doing an expose interview in a national newspaper, it is only now that the school finally faces closure.
Parents have now been told to pick up their daughters from the school on October 18 after an Ofsted inspection in April found that there were 'inadequacies' in safeguarding pupils, including insufficiently trained staff and bullying, and ordered the school close its residential operations.
The Times reports that since 85 per cent of pupils board at the school, this means it will effectively have to close.
The inspection also found that the school does not promote balanced views or British values, and pupils can access ‘books that have been written by controversial authors, for example by one who is not allowed to enter this country’.
Despite reporting the school's (pictured) inadequacies to both Ofsted and doing an expose interview in a national newspaper, it is only now that the school finally faces closure
An Ofsted spokesman said the balance of the curriculum was one of several areas that were assessed.
A school spokesman said: ‘The school takes all points relating to safeguarding as serious … and has policies and extensive risk assessments in place to promote British values.’
She claimed inspectors ‘did not show clarity of understanding and displayed lack of basic knowledge in regards to which books posed a risk … The school feels this is a very unfair judgment.’
Ms Saleem said until she left the school she ‘didn’t know about World War One or World War Two’.
‘The worst thing about the school was the national curriculum, it was restricted in every way possible,’ she told the Daily Mail last week.
‘We were taught English and science but we were not taught about evolution or sex education. I had to teach myself evolution at 20.’
Miss Saleem, now in her twenties, was at the school from 2006 to 2011. She was ‘publicly expelled in front of the entire school’ for owning a disposable camera, which was thought to be a sign of ‘narcissism’.
She wrote on her blog: ‘No regulatory body or authority ever found out about it and nobody ever confronted it, even though it caused me great humiliation and shame.’
The ex-pupil said she was pleased the school was judged ‘inadequate’ in 2015, having previously got good ratings.
Inspectors noted ‘disproportionate’ punishments, such as £20 fines for chewing gum and fixed-term expulsions for having a mobile phone.
But Miss Saleem thinks Ofsted did not go far enough.
She said that in this inspection ‘very little was said’ on how ‘restrictive’ the curriculum is.
‘It is obvious that for too long the Government has stood by and ignored the utterly appalling imposition of conservative religious ideologies on British school children,’ she said.
Miss Saleem, who campaigns about the dangers of religious education, added: ‘Just because independent schools are funded by parents and charities, it’s not that those children do not matter.