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Birmingham school said to have sent £1 million of public money to Pakistan is revealed to have £3 million in debts

Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham in debt by almost £3 million, council reveals

It’s alleged to have sent £1 million to build sister establishment in Pakistan

School has been in special measures since damning Ofsted report in 2013

Previous leadership failed to introduce a new national curriculum last year

Pupils ate on floor so new staff had to spend £12,000 on tables and chairs


7 February 2015

A troubled Islamic school which is alleged to have sent £1 million of public money to construct a sister establishment in Pakistan is in debt to the tune of almost £3 million, Birmingham City Council has revealed.

New leadership was brought into Al-Hijrah School last year, after the council forced out the old governors and sacked its headteacher amid claims of financial irregularities and poor standard of education.

The scale of the voluntary-aided school’s financial woes have been laid bare by Birmingham City Council which said auditors now believed the school’s estimated deficit by the end of this financial year would be ‘in the region of over £3 million’.

It comes as a council inquiry continues into allegations £1 million of public money sent to the Bordesley Green school found its way to funding construction of a school in Pakistan.

Late last year, the new council-backed executive headteacher informed parents the taxpayer was shelling out £470,000 in rent and classroom hire costs just to keep the gates open.

Al-Hijrah, described on its website as ‘an Islamic school providing high quality education for 4-16-year-olds’ has been in special measures after a damning Ofsted inspection in December 2013.

In May last year, a Government-backed interim executive board (IEB) took over the running the school, and has been tackling what Ofsted recently called ‘a number of financial irregularities’ left over from the time of the previous regime.

The council said the massive deficit is ‘due to the financial situation we inherited’.

It has also warned the figure is likely to grow because the council has ‘a duty to improve the school environment and ensure the children have access to the resources they deserve’.

While the liability is the school’s, the deficit is included on the cash-strapped council’s own balance sheet.

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Patria says:-

Financial irregularities? And public money is to be used to bail them out? Well, at least they show a good understanding of ‘British values’!