Most failed private school in the country escapes closure

Most failed private school in the country escapes closure

An independent school which has failed to meet school standards, following inspections on no less than eight separate occasions, has been banned from accepting new pupils but has so far escaped closure.

Rabia Boys and Girls School, an independent Islamic School based in Luton, has the unenviable claim of having failed more inspections that any other private school in the country.

The school, which charges annual fees of between £1,950 and £2,300, has also been deemed ‘inadequate’ in its last four full Ofsted inspections.

In 2016, former head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, asked the then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to take action against Rabia School.

The Department for Education began enforcement action against the school earlier this year but were blocked after Rabia’s lawyers lodged an appeal.

However, after the school’s improvement plan was found to be inadequate, it is not currently allowed to accept any new pupils.

According to a Schools Week investigation, the DfE has so far only closed two of the ten worst offending private schools for failing repeated school standard inspections.

Government guidance states that ‘enforcement action’ includes a range of possible sanctions including forbidding new pupils, closing a building, or full closure. It advises that a school is more likely to close where it “has failed to meet the standards for a sustained period”.

Most failed private school in the country escapes closure

Most failed private school in the country escapes closure
Most failed private school in the country escapes closure

Most failed private school in the country escapes closure