Peterborough school receives emergency Ofsted visit

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An emergency inspection at a Peterborough school found that procedures for safeguarding children were not being met.

Iqra Academy has been told to look after the welfare of its pupils after a surprise inspection by regulators Ofsted in November which found not all of the required employment checks have been carried out.

Senior staff are also reported as not knowing the current government guidance for safeguarding pupils while not all of the designated teachers for child protection have the relevant up-to-date training.

Iqra Academy, in Enterprise Way, North Bretton, is an independent Islamic girls’ secondary school with 37 pupils.

Ofsted was asked to inspect the school by the Department for Education (DfE).

A DfE spokesperson said: “All independent schools must comply with the Independent School Standards, and where there are concerns a school is failing to meet these standards we take swift action.”

In its report, Ofsted said the school “must make sure that no member of staff is barred from regulated activity relating to children.”

And the school was also told to keep a register which shows that “a check was made to establish whether each member of staff is barred from regulatory activity relating to children.”

The school is currently rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, and in its emergency report inspectors said pupils are actively encouraged to play their part in the community.

The Peterborough Telegraph asked questions of the school via email, but instead got a written statement from principal Abdul Razaq which said: “The feedback stated that the learning and teaching remained good, as in the previous Ofsted inspection in February 2014.

“Some work is required on updating to the new regulations, but otherwise the inspector was impressed with how the academy prepared the girls for the global communities. The curriculum is sufficiently broad to help pupils achieve a range of GCSEs, and pupils are inquisitive, confident and lively learners.”