Disciplinary action is being taken against Park View Academy in Alum Rock, Birmingham, following allegations of unacceptable professional misconduct.
The Guardian reported that a panel at the National College of Teaching and Leadership heard that Muslim pupils were told that women who refused to have sex with their husbands would be “smited” and go to hell. Boys were allegedly deliberately not taught how to put on condoms, because “within Islam you only have sex with your wife as a good Muslim that is what you do [sic]”.
According to witnesses, sex education was only taught within the context of marriage, and school prefects who were party of a so-called “Morality Squad” were instructed to spy on pupils, reporting any who appeared to be in a relationship. Allegedly the punishment for this was a day in the school’s isolation unit.
Two teachers, Akheel Ahmed, 41, and Inamulhaq Anwar, 34, are accused of trying to force extreme Muslim teaching onto the school’s agenda. Ahmed and Anwar are part of the “Park View Brotherhood”, which was involved in a larger Trojan horse plot to promote conservative Islamic practices within state schools.
The Trojan horse saga began with an anonymous letter in early 2014, alleging widespread conspiracy by hardline Muslims. Following lengthy investigations, management changes and rebranding (Park View is now known as Rockwood Academy), the current disciplinary hearings are expected to continue into 2016. Many more teachers will appear before the NCTL panel, including Lindsey Clark, Park View’s former headteacher, who was awarded an OBE for services to education, and Hardeep Saini, who was the school’s executive head at the time the anonymous Trojan horse letter was published.
Clark and Saini, neither of whom are Muslim, are accused of allowing other staff members and governors to exert “undue religious influence”.
Before the scandal, Park View’s Ofsted rating was “outstanding”. Despite the controversy, the school remains a popular choice, with seven applications received for every available place. The school’s 2014 GCSE results placed it in the national top 10 for value-added improvement.