Shamima Begum school brings in ‘robust’ measures to spot radicalisation in pupils

Matt Watts
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IS brides: Shamima Begum, right, and friends Amira Abase, far left, and Kadiza Sultana caught on CCTV at Gatwick as they left Britain for Syria in February 2015: PA
IS brides: Shamima Begum, right, and friends Amira Abase, far left, and Kadiza Sultana caught on CCTV at Gatwick as they left Britain for Syria in February 2015: PA

The school that Shamima Begum and two other schoolgirls attended before they left the UK to become Islamic State brides today said it had introduced “robust” initiatives to prevent pupils being radicalised.

Bethnal Green Academy, where Begum, then 15, was a pupil when she left with two friends to travel to Syria in 2015, was taken over by the Mulberry Academy chain in 2018.

In 2015 the school was criticised for failing to do more to spot the girls could be at risk, after a friend had travelled to join IS just two months before.

Mulberry said it was now a “very different” school. Measures in place include personal, social and health and economic education, a pastoral house system, and “strong parent liaison”.

The Home Office has been granted permission to challenge a ruling made by the Court of Appeal in July that Begum should be allowed to return to the UK to fight the removal of her British citizenship.

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