According to witness testimony, there was a history of antisemitism at a school which was at the centre of the Trojan Horse affair, a scandal in which the staff at a number of British schools was infiltrated by Islamic extremists. Speaking to a disciplinary hearing for the teachers involved, a woman identified only as “Witness A” reportedly said that she had “heard both pupils and staff use antisemitic language”.
Speaking by video link, the witness clarified: “For example, pupils would say to staff or other pupils ‘you Jew boy’, which was considered a derogatory term. At that time Lindsey [Clark, the former headteacher] had heard about a member of staff calling a pupil a ‘Jew boy’ and around the same time she had become aware of an increase in antisemitic graffiti in pupils’ books.”
The antisemitism at Rockwood Academy, then called Park View School, was not addressed, according to the witness.