Family & Education

Girls at Chasidic school are 'at risk', Ofsted says

Inpsectors concerned about safety at a Satmar school


 Girls at a Chasidic primary school in Stamford Hill are at risk because it does not meet safety standards, Ofsted says.

The 572 girls at Beis Ruchel d’Satmar are “triple” the number for which it is officially registered, according to a newly published inspection report. 

The visiting inspector found “a fire exit to be locked, and another leading to a cluttered corridor. Checks on the fire alarm system and the fire extinguishers were last undertaken in November 2015. Checks on the emergency lighting are not undertaken and/or logged,” the report stated.

Buildings and facilities at the premises at 117 Stamford Hill were “not being checked or maintained in line” with the appropriate health and safety policy. “ As a result, the building’s users are at risk of harm,” Ofsted said. 

“The inspector found exposed wires in three areas of the school, mattresses were being stored above pupils’ desks in a classroom, and an unmarked door leading to a basement containing workers’ tools was left unlocked.”

Risk assessments lacked rigour and daily checks on premises too weak. “As a result, pupils’ safety is endangered.”

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