A Chasidic girls’ school in Stamford Hill that has been inspected four times since being rated inadequate three years ago is still failing to get a green light from Ofsted despite making improvements.
Beis Ruchel d’Satmar, which teaches 679 girls from three to 15, has more than three times as many pupils than its officially registered number.
Inspectors confirmed girls in the early years were reaching a good standard in English and pupils were learning about different cultures.
In their latest report, they said pupils had been learning about the history of Christianity as well as the traditions of other religions such as Ramadan and Christmas.
However, there was “insufficient evidence that leaders actively promote mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
While Ofsted found no evidence that the school undermined “fundamental British values”, its leadership did not promote protected characteristics in equality law - which include sexual orientation.
“As a result, the school does not ensure that pupils are prepared effectively for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society,” inspectors said.
Teachers had recently undergone safeguarding training and safety was “generally satisfactory”.
But the inspectors found shortcomings at the site including dirt and crumbs in the food technology room, trailing electric leads in some classrooms and furniture with sharp edges discarded in the playground.
Inspectors said it was “disappointing” they again were unable to talk to pupils, because a year ago parents had written to the school asking that their children did not meet inspectors.