UK’s Ofsted inspection board deemed the Yesodei Hatorah Senior Girls’ School inadequate, the Jewish Chronicle reported.
Ofsted accused the school of censoring textbooks, of not teaching subjects that modesty precludes and of not doing enough to encourage respect for others. The school was also criticized for covering pictures in books about major artists, altering passages in Sherlock Holmes and stopping girls from visiting an art gallery.
Theo Bibelman, Yesodei Hatorah’s chairman of governors, said the report left the school “feeling part of a secularist plot” and “says more about Ofsted than it does about our school.”
The education watchdog “has downplayed our successes and academic achievements, whilst showing a clear disrespect for the Orthodox Jewish community,” he said. “Just a few months ago, the Hackney Learning Trust judged the school to be outstanding and praised us for many of the aspects now deemed by Ofsted to be below standard.
“This inspection was never about us; it is about Ofsted using their unfettered powers to try to force faith schools to comply with their agenda or fail.”