A new management team parachuted into a troubled Birmingham faith school has pledged to work alongside staff to raise educational standards and retain its Islamic school status.
An Interim Executive Board (IEB) took over at Al-Hijrah school in Bordesley Green amid protests from parents and ousted governors.
Anita Baptist, head teacher at Al-Hijrah - the city's sole Islamic school - had previously had her contract terminated by Birmingham City Council with 'immediate effect'.
Protests have been held outside the school for several weeks after its entire governing board was banned after a damning Ofsted report revealed it was facing a £900,000 deficit.
Last week, we told how the stand-off came to an end after education bosses won a High Court injunction to ban the former chairman of governors, Waseem Yaqub, from the premises.
Now IEB members have met parents to reassure them over their plans for the future of the school.
A statement on behalf of the new Al-Hijrah interim executive board said: "The executive head teacher and his team will now be working alongside Al-Hijrah staff in the school.
"The chair of the IEB has written to parents expressing his commitment to Al-Hijrah and its Islamic ethos and working together to ensure the highest educational standards.
"The new leadership of the school showed their commitment to the parent community both by making sure there are regular means of communication with all parents and by the establishment of a parent consultative group."
The IEB was first appointed in December when the school was placed in special measures by Ofsted. However, the governing board refused to recognise the move and blocked the IEB from entering the school on several occasions.
Earlier this month, the new management team issued a statement claiming that they had made three previous attempts to replace the school governors.
IEB chairman David Willey has now written to school staff and parents setting out the commitment of the interim board to securing high standards in the faith school.
He said: "We respect the Islamic ethos of Al-Hijrah and respect your decision to see your child educated there. Al-Hijrah was founded as an Islamic school and will remain so."
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