A father and daughter have been arrested for the second time for illegally running a school.
Despite having been already prosecuted for the same offence, headteacher Nadia Ali, 40, and director Arshad Ali, 75, admitted illegally running the unregistered Ambassadors Home School Limited in Mitcham Lane, Streatham.
Nadia had already expressed her determination to continue to run the school despite its illegality in an interview with the BBC shortly after her first prosecution, arguing that children need ‘a different approach.’
Both before and after the pairs’ first prosecution, Ofsted inspections found that staff members were acting as teachers without evidence of DBS checks.
Any school in the country must be registered with the Department for Education and comply with set standards, which include DBS checks for staff – a school being defined as an establishment which provides all, or substantially all, of a child’s education and has five or more pupils of school age attending.
Ambassadors Home School Limited had 34 boys and girls aged between five and 13 on its register but its operators failed, despite warnings from Ofsted, to register the establishment as a school.
Paul Goddard from the Crime Prosecution Service said: “Unregistered schools pose a serious threat to children.
“By failing to register with the Department for Education, illegal schools are able to evade checks, putting children at risk.
“During two Ofsted inspections, children appeared to be sent home from classes early in an attempt by staff to conceal the fact that the space was being run as a full-time establishment.”
Nadia, Arshad, and the Ambassadors Home School Limited company all plead guilty to conducting an independent educational institution that is not registered.
This week Monday, October 11, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Nadia Ali was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for twelve months, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 10-day rehabilitation activity, and a prohibited activity requirement of not running or managing a school.
She was also ordered to pay costs of £500. Her father Arshad Ali was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £200.
Ambassadors Home School Limited was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £500.