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Report: 'No evidence of Trojan Horse plot'

Reporter: Karen Doherty
Date online: 20 February 2017

ANTI-terrorism chiefs have been passed a secret report by Oldham Council into allegations of a "Trojan Horse" attempt to take over a local primary school.

Town hall bosses investigated complaints from Trish O'Donnell, head teacher at Clarksfield Primary School, reported in yesterday's Sunday Times.

They found that no such plot existed; however, they have confirmed that they have given their report to the national Counter Terrorism Unit and the Department for Education.

The Sunday Times said Mrs O'Donnell had claimed that she was physically assaulted and had received death threats from people who wanted to impose conservative Islamic values and wanted her out.

Most pupils at the Grasmere Road primary are of Pakistani heritage and the Sunday Times reported that remarks were made to female Asian staff members that they should be wearing a veil, and objections were made to Hindi music being played.

The Sunday Times said that Mrs O'Donnell declined to comment, as did those accused of leading the alleged plot.

Clarksfield Primary was rated as "good" in its last Ofsted report in June 2014. The education watchdog said that Mrs O'Donnell provided "strong leadership" that motivated staff and pupils to do their best. They praised teaching as good and found that pupils made good progress and achieved well throughout the school.

In 2014, allegations surfaced of a Trojan Horse plot by conservative Muslims to take over a number of schools in Birmingham, which it was claimed was responsible for ousting four head teachers.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, cabinet member for education and early years, said: "We take any allegations about our schools very seriously and always investigate in the interests of pupils, staff and parents.

"The report into an Oldham primary school found no basis to the 'Trojan Horse' allegations."

The Sunday Times also said that another Oldham primary school had hosted an Islamic speaker who in the past had justified the killing of British troops, and a secondary school had donated to an organisation linked to extremists.

Councillor Chadderton added: "At this time we also have no active investigations or concerns about any of the other schools the Sunday Times has asked about."

The DfE also said the investigation had nothing to do with extremism and "shouldn't be referenced as Trojan Horse."

A spokesperson said: "We are already aware of the allegations raised in the report and we are working closely with Oldham Council."

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: "Any allegations of harassment of teaching staff or of potential security threats must be taken seriously.

"We must be vigilant to any issues that could conflate community tensions. This is why, along with the council, other Oldham MPs, organisations and leaders, we continually work across our diverse communities whilst tackling underlying inequalities which ultimately fuel these tensions.

"Unfortunately the new Prevent duty placed on educators to report people at risk of radicalisation is fraught with difficulties, as has been raised by the independent reviewer of terrorist legislation."

Comments

Anyone with a mind to see can tell that this is a carbon copy of the way Labour behaved in Birmingham with the Trojan Horse plot there.
Labour simply cannot be trusted when it comes to allegations of Muslims misbehaving. In Birmingham the report said that Labour pursued a policy of appeasement and 'community cohsion' above dealing with the issue.
Debbie Abraham vile comments show she fails to support the head.

Yet another indication that our blinkered Socialist Council cannot be trusted or believed.

I wonder why OMBC is so coy about who wrote their report?

Trojan Horse? A couple of stroppy parents? It's not even a Trojan Shetland Pony.

However bullying of teaching staff is unacceptable and I trust those bullied have been supported.

Or perhaps heaven forbid there was nothing to find! Live in the area. Kids went to school there. Have to say in our experience head teacher was not the best. Teachers and community were and are lovely.

We all have a right to know which secondary school it was that had donated to an organisation linked to extremists.
The dfe needs to pull the funding into that secondary school and a thorough investigation needs to be carried out.
What was the management doing?

If this was a "free school", how would this allegation be investigated? The Council most likely would not even have been made aware of it. If more faith schools are encouraged, as this Government intends, undue pressure from parents on what should and should not be the ethos of the school is going to increase and nobody will know about it.

Flake - Just what was "vile" about Debbie Abraham's comments? What is vile is your bigotry and hatred against Labour politicians and supporters.

Anyone with half a brain who has actually understood the story can see there is no comparison whatever with the Birmingham incident and attempting to compare it to that is malicious scaremongering.

I wouldn't expect anything else from you.

I don't think this is a closed issue. Will the Police become involved there have been some serious accusations from the head about being threatened according to the Times. Will the head be removed from her post if found to be telling porkies or will we again find that being PC is the best way out.

so is the council investigating the secondary academy that donated money to an organisation linked to extremism???

What was vile about Abrahams comments was that she never once even mentioned the head or the ordeal she has been put through, she didn't condemn the bullying, instead she chose to blame white people yet again.
Imagine if this was the other way around & the Head was Muslim? Abrahams would be howling her hate to the moon & that Wildy is Racist in anyones definition.
But then again according to your bunch of loonies you can't be racist against white people.

"Any allegations of harassment of teaching staff or of potential security threats must be taken seriously." That's a quote from Debbie Abrahams Flake where she specifically refers to "teaching staff." That's pretty unequivocal. It seems your hatred of anything Labour is affecting your ability to read and understand English.

On a positive though it's encouraging you finally recognise that 'racism' exists, after aeons denying it. It's taken a long time but you got there in the end. Well done you.

What! No problems 'ere Gov. Yet again Education in Oldham hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons. As they say - there is no smoke without fire. So sorry for all the staff.

Nice to see that you admit Abrhams offered no support to the head just general platitude and meaningless statements. No condemnation of the bullies Wildy. My point therefore is well made.
As for Racism it still has no meaning, because even you can't say what it is. Why don't you have another try at telling us the race of a packet of sausages ?

so when will the government start investigating the allegations of this secondary academy linked to extremism

 

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