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REF : In Response to Charity Commission`s Press Release Regarding Opening Of Statutory Inquiry 2nd May 2016 into Rabia Educational Trust
We are aware that the Charity Commission have opened a `statutory inquiry` into Rabia Educational Trust. This is following the Ofsted report and the media coverage around it. The Ofsted report gave an unfair assessment of the Trust and misrepresented the facts. The Charity Commission investigation in this context is unfortunate, despite the Ofsted investigation being outside the scope of the Commission.
As in the past, we are happy to fully cooperate and work with Charity Commission to address its concerns. We have already made headway in addressing the previous concerns and are working towards making further improvements. We will make this clear during the Commission inquiry.
Rabia Educational Trust provides a valuable service to the local Muslim community and has done so with limited resources and often under intense and unfair scrutiny. Yet despite these challenges, we are committed to the Trust objectives and we will continue to work hard providing a valued and robust service to advance the education for our children. We are fully committed to deliver this in accordance with the Charity Commission and DfE guidance. We aspire to develop young people with an outstanding academic profile and an exemplary aptitude for civic responsibility and citizenship, upholding the British Values that also give regard and protection to minority and religious rights.
We welcome any scrutiny that makes us stronger and better at what we do.
Rabia Educational Trust (Chairperson and Trustees)
Ref : Letter to The Secretary Of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities – Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP 27th April 2016
Please click on link to view letter : Secretary of State letter 27-04-16
Ref : Press Release by Rabia Educational Trust Chairman In Response to Recent Media Interest & Coverage
As the Chairman of Rabia Education Trust I would like to state that the accusations made against myself and other members of my management staff regarding us not promoting ‘Fundamental British Values’ are inaccurate. Only today I attended a trip to the Houses of Parliament with our Year 7 girls and Female Deputy Head. We took part in a workshop on ‘Debating’, during which Luton South MP Gavin Shuker was present.
We were all part of this workshop together in the same room, without any screens or barriers. Our girls and female staff had a very interactive session with Gavin Shuker about his role, democracy, debating skills and his family life. We were also together whilst travelling and during our tour of the Palace of Westminster.
If we, as management were modelling segregation we would not have taken part in this workshop. We would also not have encouraged our pupils to take part in this interactive workshop either.
Ref : Press Release In Response to Unannounced Ofsted Inspection 12th April 2016
Please find the Ofsted Letter informing Rabia Girls and Boys School of Unannounced Ofsted Inspection on 12th April 2016:
Please click for link for Ofsted Inspection Letter (pdf): Rabia Girls and Boys School 10018158 notification letter
Ref : Press Release In Response to Email from The Times Newspaper
Ref : Press Release In Response to Progress Monitoring Inspection Report of Rabia Boys & Girls School
The Board of Governors take heart from the many positive comments that were included in the inspection report. We feel that with the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the school we have the potential and aim to be an “outstanding” school. Our immediate focus will continue on making the improvements needed to raise standards. The inspection has given us some very clear areas to work on and we are fully focused on continuing to work on these issues as quickly and effectively as possible to meet the remaining standard; and at the same time continuing to improve standards we have already met. We have already put an action plan in place to ensure this happens quickly and effectively. Our children deserve world-class education and that must always be our number one priority. We will be working with the Department for Education and Ofsted to make sure that is what they get. We have complete support of parents, the local community and with everyone associated with the school. We will work tirelessly to provide a learning environment where our pupils can reach the highest standards and we are already working hard to make this possible. We are firmly focussed on seeing rapid and effective improvement at Rabia Boys and Girls School. On behalf of Head Teacher and The Rabia Team.