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School 'Failed To Protect Pupils From Extremism'
A Birmingham school facing claims of an Islamist takeover plot has been found to have failed to protect children from extremism, Sky News has learned.
An Ofsted investigation said the school - which Sky News is not naming - is inadequate.
Its management has been strongly criticised by inspectors.
The report into this specific school follows allegations of a so-called "Trojan Horse" takeover by Muslim hardliners at more than 20 schools in the Midlands city.
It said the school's "work to keep students safe is inadequate".
The report went on: "Key safeguarding procedures are not followed. Too little is done to keep students safe from the risks associated with extremist views.
"Some staff, including senior leaders, are concerned about a special perceived unfairness and lack of transparency in the recruitment process and the breadth and balance of the curriculum.
"Some female members of staff complained ... that at times they are spoken to in a manner which they find intimidating."
It found the school's "policies have been given scant consideration" and its "equalities policy is not fit for purpose".
Sky's Lisa Dowd said: "Other things mentioned in this report is that sex and relationship education is not adequate at the school.
"Students have a scant understanding of other religions, the focus is primarily on Islam.
"And, the school has been slow to engage in the prevent policy - a strategy funded by the Government to prevent extremism and radicalisation."
A person connected to the school told Sky News they felt it was "completely unfair" and that Ofsted had picked up on historical incidents which had already been dealt with and that the education watchdog was "going to get them by hook, or by crook".
They feared they could all be branded Islamists and hardliners and the damning report could spark an exodus of teaching staff.
They insisted standards had been raised at the school in the last few months which was not reflected in the report, which said pupils behaved well and described them as being courteous, respectful and eager to learn.
Dowd added: "Because this school has been rated inadequate it is likely to go into special measures.
"That could see the leadership of the school and the governing body being dissolved and replaced.
"And we understand that this won't be the only school that is rated inadequate when Ofsted publishes its findings into the 21 schools later on this week."
Labour MP Khalid Mahmood told Sky News: "There has been grooming, by a particular community, a school of thought within Islam, and would possibly lead to extremism ... not saying that children at school at the moment are extremist, but certainly they have been groomed in a particular way for that to be made easier at a later stage.
"That's what my concerns have been in Birmingham."