الثلاثاء 23 شوال 1443هـ - 24-05-2022م

Teacher accused of running an unlicensed Islamic school in London

A Muslim headteacher was accused of running an Islamic school in London without a legal licence. The court finally came to a verdict.

Nadia Ali is headteacher of unlicensed Ambassadors High School in London that costs £2,500 a year. Nadia denied that she was running a full-time school because the institution only offers 18 hours of education per week, reports the Daily Mail.

Ali and her father Arshad Ali were convicted in September 2019 when court heard the school failed to carry out proper background checks on teachers and had ‘failed to promote fundamental British values’.

A month later, Ali appeared on BBC saying she wanted to continue operating and would apply for registration.

Between September 2019 and March 2020, inspectors found the classes were still being held in the building, despite the school not being registered.

Now Nadia has been given a suspended sentence after being convicted for a second time. Her father was also fined during a sentencing hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this past Monday.

Ms Ali said the school, which had 34 students, had applied for an Ofsted registration but failed an inspection because of safeguarding concerns.

The Verdict

According to the Daily Mail, she was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement, and a prohibited activity requirement of not running or managing a school.

She was also ordered to pay costs of £500.

Arshad Ali was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £200 while Ambassadors Home School Limited was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £500 for conducting an independent educational institution that is not registered.

Source: The Daily Mail

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