Islamic school slammed in Ofsted for 'inappropriate' books on shelves
AN INDEPENDENT Islamic school in Luton has been slammed by inspectors after they found children washing cutlery in bathroom sinks and books which do not promote British values, written by an author expelled or barred from Britain.
The school has been blasted for its choice of books
Pupils at The Olive Tree Primary School in Luton even had to ask for toilet paper as it wasn’t provided in the bathrooms.
The school is for 80 students between five and 11 years old.
An inspection, and follow up six months later, from education watchdog Ofsted, found a number of standards were not met at the school.
The report stated pulls had to ask an adult for toilet tissue as they did not “have toilet tissue, soap or hand-drying facilities available in the toilets”.
Inappropriate reading material was found in the library, and was not removed between the inspection and follow up.
The report stated: “Inappropriate books were found in the school’s library that did not promote British values.
“The books were written by an author who is banned from entering, or has been expelled from, several countries, including Britain.
“Leaders have not ensured that the risk posed by the texts is mitigated and, as a result, some unsuitable books remain available for pupils to choose and read either intentionally or accidentally.”
GOOGLE The school got into a furore in 2014 too
Pupils were also found to wash their own cutlery in the bathrooms.
The report said: “Pupils bring their own food to school because there is no facility for the school to provide food for pupils. Pupils wash their cutlery in the toilet basins, where only tepid water is available.
“It is reported as ‘quite usual’ for children to go into the very small staff kitchen area, unsupervised, to find a spoon.
“This area was marked ‘no children allowed’.”
Another part of the report said that inspectors found boys would “occasionally show a lack of respect towards female support staff”.
It added: “This was observed by inspectors outside, during lunchtimes and in lessons where boys reluctantly followed instructions from these adults.
“Some boys have to be constantly prompted to remain respectful, in line with the ethos of the school.”
This isn’t the first time the school has come under fire.
In 2014 Ofsted found books suggesting stoning and lashing as appropriate punishments at the Olive Tree Primary School.
Ofsted said some of the library books at Olive Tree Primary School in Luton contained fundamentalist views which had "no place in British society".
The 2014 report said leaders at the school do not ensure “balanced views of the world”.
The school hit out at the report, which scaled “half-baked” and accused Ofsted of “looking for problems of extremism and intolerance”.