Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Rage as Hit Squad Enters Failing Faith School; Loss of Faith: Parents Protest outside John Loughborough School after Headteacher June Alexis Was Replaced by a Team of Experts Appointed by Haringey Council. the Seventh-Day Adventist School Was the Worst Performer in London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parents Rage as Hit Squad Enters Failing Faith School; Loss of Faith: Parents Protest outside John Loughborough School after Headteacher June Alexis Was Replaced by a Team of Experts Appointed by Haringey Council. the Seventh-Day Adventist School Was the Worst Performer in London

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Byline: DOMINIC HAYES

A HIT squad has been sent in to rescue a ground-breaking London faithschool amid furious protests by parents.

The John Loughborough School in Haringey, founded by Seventh-day Adventists,was the first school from outside the traditional Christian denominations toget state subsidy under a policy later used by Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus tocreate their own taxpayer-funded faith schools.

But parents are furious that Haringey council haswith the Government's backingsent in its own appointees to take over from headteacher June Alexis at a timeof mounting concern that the school is in "meltdown".

The council has refused to confirm or deny claims that Dr Alexis has beensuspended.

Her supporters have pinned banners to the school's railings declaring: "Handsoff our school! Stop the victimisation now! We love our head Dr Alexis and willhave no other." The school is facing the prospect of a damning report fromOfsted after the education watchdog warned Dr Alexis last year that pupils'standards of achievement and behaviour were not good enough. Ofsted served aformal "notice to improve" on John Loughborough a year ago and the EveningStandard understands that senior inspectors have visited the school in recentweeks to see if it is making progress.

Ofsted's latest report is expected to be published in the next few weeks butthe council decided to act before that and installed an interim executive boardto take charge of the school at the end of last year.

A Haringey spokesman said: "Results for young people at John LoughboroughSchool have been declining over recent years and this year it was the worstperforming school in London. …

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