A Christian school which claims it could face closure for failing to invite imams and other religious leaders to take assemblies has urged the government to revise controversial ‘British values’ rules.
Trinity Christian School has been told by Ofsted it is not adequately meeting the ‘spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’ of pupils.
This is because it is not ‘actively’ promoting other faiths in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham, by asking different religious representatives to lead lessons and assemblies.
John Charles, chairman of governors at the small, co-educational independent school in Reading, has now written to Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, appealing for the new regulations to be reviewed.
Trinity Christian School claims it could face closure for failing to invite imams and other religious leaders to take assemblies (picture posed by models)
He claims that the school’s aims are being undermined and it will be prevented in future from ‘teaching in accordance with our Christian foundation’.
The school is backed by the national religious liberty charity, the Christian Institute.
It has already warned that the new rules intended to combat extremism are having ‘disturbing consequences’ for religious schools and forcing Ofsted inspectors to act in a way which undermines their ethos.