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'Trojan Horse' Pupils: School Is Too Extreme
Girls attending a school placed in special measures by Ofsted because of concerns over infiltration by Islamic extremists have told Sky News that Park View deserved to face action.
The girls, who did not want to be identified, told Sky's Social Affairs and Education Editor Afua Hirsch: "Our school deserves this ... for the things that it has done."
Their comments come after Ofsted acted to put five Birmingham schools in special measures, a move described by David Hughes, vice-chairman of the Park View Educational Trust as "truly shocking".
The girls said: "Our school is too extreme but not in a terrorist way. They are strict with us and they use religion as an excuse.
"Basically they don't let boys and girls mix and stuff.
"If they see you talking to a boy they will call your parents or come to your house, which they did to a lot of people."
The girls said that the truth was often embellished and added to when parents were approached.
The school says that boys and girls are not stopped from sitting together but the girls said "that's not true".
"Before, we couldn't sit next to boys and if we did we would get moved. Now we don't even dare sit next to boys because of the consequences."
They said that pupils were afraid to speak out about what had been happening at the school.
The girls said that they weren't taught about other religions, although the view from two male pupils was somewhat different.
Kasim Shah and Sadak Ali said they believed everyone has open choice and that they were taught about other religions.
They said the school had a "small proportion" of non-Muslim pupils who mixed well.
"Everyone is treated equally. No one is forced to pray. No one is forced to do anything. Its an open school," said Sadak.
"I'm a 'beat boxer'," he added. "I get involved in music even though it is not encouraged in my religion but I want to do it.
"The school don't force you to do things you don't want to do. It's your choice."
Sadak said the school would probably change, adding: "At the moment I enjoy school life."