The head of one the Birmingham schools at the centre of the ‘Trojan Horse’ controversy has revealed that parents of Pakistani origin wanted her to “get rid of the white kids” at her school.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head teacher at Anderton Park Primary School, told the Sunday Times that when a small number of white children arrived at her school, which was predominantly Muslim, parents started making a series of racist demands:
“We had kids saying ‘What are you playing with the white kid for? What are you playing with the Christians for?’ The dad of one of the Pakistani heritage pupils at the school even told me I should ‘get rid of the white kids’.
“He said, ‘If I was head I would get the white kids and shove them in the corner with white desks and a white teacher and keep them away from the rest of the kids. I told him that what he had said was racist and I was going to write it down. Then he said, ‘You should get rid of the white kids, that is what the community would want you to do.'”
She later reported the parent to the police.
The ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal erupted earlier this year following a series of revelations over hard line Islamist governors trying to force secular schools to adopt strict Islamic practices.
The revelation comes as Prime Minister David Cameron called for every school child to be taught the “British values” enshrined in Magna Carta. Mr Cameron said children from all backgrounds should learn about the document, which is widely credited with paving the way for parliamentary democracy and rule of law.
The Prime Minister wants to mark next year’s 800th anniversary of the signing of the document with celebrations across the country. I want to use this anniversary as an opportunity for every child to learn about the Magna Carta, for towns to commemorate it, for events to celebrate it,” he said.
Magna Carta was forced on King John on 1215 following a revolt by his nobility. John had tried to rule as a despotic, absolute ruler, but his barons humiliated him and forced him to sign the document which limited his power.
David Cameron said: “It’s a great document in our history — what my favourite book, Our Island Story, describes as the ‘foundation of all our laws and liberties’. In sealing it, King John had to accept his subjects were citizens — for the first time giving them rights, protections and security”