30 September 2016

Andalusia Academy Muslim school: Ofsted says 'pupils not safe'

An independent Muslim faith school where "pupils are not safe and exposed to unnecessary risks" has been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted.

The watchdog said admissions registers at Bristol's Andalusia Academy were inaccurate and the school failed to check up on absent pupils.

But Ofsted said the school created a "positive British Muslim identity among pupils" and "promoted British values".

The school said it was "disappointed" and now had a new leadership team.

The education watchdog said the independent school had "not been vigilant over time in ensuring that it rigorously follows up absences or requests for prolonged holidays".

It said Andalusia Academy "failed to carry out its statutory duty" to inform the appropriate authorities when pupils had failed to attend. [BBC] Read more