The interim head of a Birmingham school embroiled in the Trojan Horse scandal has been axed after less than two months in the job.
Dr Rashida Sharif's departure from Nansen Primary – placed in special measures last year – was confirmed after a damning Ofsted report found violence, racism and wasted funds.
Highlighting the decision to spend almost £7,000 on upgrades to the head teacher's room and a meeting room, the document said: "Some decisions made by the interim head teacher have not been in the best interest of the pupils."
Dr Sharif's appointment was revealed to parents in a letter on January 5.
But executive principal Adrian Packer – himself criticised by Ofsted for failing to keep a close enough eye on Dr Sharif – said in a letter to families yesterday that she had been "removed from her post immediately".
He went on: "Having made reasonable progress in the previous monitoring inspection in November, we are of course disappointed that progress has stalled and that there are clearly many issues for us to address in order to put the school back on track towards the removal of special measures.
"You will note from the report that many of the concerns relate to the leadership of the school at the time of the visit in February.
"You will know from my previous letter to you immediately after the inspection, that the interim head teacher at the time of the inspection, and to whom this latest report is addressed, was removed from her post immediately."
Mr Packer said the head teachers from Arden and Nelson Mandela schools, Tony Lacey and Azita Zohhadi, previously involved at Nansen, had once again stepped in.
He told parents: "I have also been running staff surgeries and can report a more positive picture and improving staff morale at this time.
"Our previous more positive inspection findings from November were the result of a strong team effort from the heads of Nelson Mandela and Arden supported by myself and lead trustee, Pat Smart.
"Although we understand you will be disappointed by this latest report, we trust you will appreciate that the right team is now back in place and are well equipped to steer the school back to a reasonable progress judgement for the next visit.
"Since the latest monitoring inspection to which this report relates, we have focused heavily on improving pupil behaviour and monitoring the quality of teaching."
Mr Packer said a search was continuing to find a permanent principal.
Nansen was placed in special measures with four other Birmingham schools following a series of investigations into the Trojan Horse claims of takeover plots by hardline Muslims. But the latest Ofsted inspection has highlighted a string of problems.
Teachers told inspectors that children as young as eight hit them without any action being taken when they reported it to the school's leadership.
Racist name calling was said to be a "regular occurrence" with pupils saying they did not complain because nothing would happen.
Behaviour was found to have deteriorated to an "inadequate" level since special measures were imposed.
Parents told inspectors they were concerned about children coming home with "bumps and bruises".
A separate report for Park View School, which was also implicated in the Trojan Horse scandal, found it had made "reasonable progress" towards the lifting of its special measures.
The school, in Alum Rock, said in a statement it was "particularly pleased that improved overall achievement, better teaching and well-mannered and polite student behaviour are all highlighted".
Teaching was found to have improved as a result of "well thought-out plans" to improve the maths and science academy.
But around a quarter of staff who responded to a questionnaire did not believe the school was well-led and managed.
Golden Hillock and Oldknow, two of the other schools caught up in the Trojan Horse furore, were also found to have been making "reasonable progress" towards the removal of special measures.