An Orpington dad has pulled his children out of school after what he describes as a two-year campaign of violent and racist bullying which the administration failed to stop.

William Ullah has removed his son Al-Mahamood Ullah, 12, and daughter Ayesha Merie Ullah, 15, from Priory School in Orpington, which was deemed inadequate by Ofsted in an inspection released this month.

He says his son, who has been at the school for three years, has been the victim in a number of incidents.

He says during one, about six months ago, a boy punched and kicked Al-Mahamood while a girl held him down.

The family say they were told the girl involved in the incident would be expelled – but they claim when a new headteacher started at the school, the pupil came back, and it emerged the school had never officially excluded her.


Mr Ullah said: “I have pulled my children out of school. [The school are] telling lies and not putting things on record and then they blame my children for not reporting incidents.”

He also told News Shopper his children have been suffering with racial and religiously motivated bullying at the school, which teachers failed to address.

He said: “They shout ISIS at them and my children tell me they want to change their names because they have been bullied at school and the teachers don’t do anything about it.

“They say ‘we’ll look into it’ and then they do nothing. When that girl came back, they just told us – we never took her off the list.”

The last straw came on May 5, when Mr Ullah says he went to pick up his son after he was beaten up.

Al-Mahamood said: “I finished PE and was getting dressed and some guy came up to me and screamed at me and then he punched me in the stomach – he full pelted me and then some other guy came up to me and punched me.

“When I went to medical it took them an hour to get the teacher to deal with the swelling.

“I was dozing off from pain and I was swelling up where I’d been punched.

“When my dad arrived he said ‘I’m never bringing my kids back to the school.’”

Mr Ullah said: “We have been let down. We have put up with a lot but there’s a limit to what children can go through.

“School is meant to be the second safest place apart from home.”

News Shopper:

It was announced last week that the school is going to be joining the Harris Federation of academies in September 2016.

The Harris Federation runs 20 secondary academies in and around London, including Harris Academy Beckenham and Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley.

The Ofsted inspection carried out in March of this year states the school needs to improve in its approach to personal development, behaviour and welfare, but does mention the positive impact of its anti-bullying scheme.

The report also noted while checks are done to ensure the suitability of new staff, some of the related record-keeping is not as robust as it should be.

Ofsted also highlighted that teachers do not set challenging enough tasks for pupils and do not have high enough aspirations for students’ progress.

This was the school’s first Ofsted inspection and it was rated inadequate for quality of teaching, learning and assessment as well as pupil outcomes.

In the other three categories – 16 to 19 study programmes; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and effectiveness of leadership and management – the school was deemed to be in need of improvement.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We do not condone any acts of bullying.

“It would not be appropriate to comment on the individual students involved in this complex case, but on the rare occasions where allegations of bullying are made they are taken extremely seriously. “They are fully investigated with appropriate sanctions applied.

“We always act fairly and effectively to secure the safety and wellbeing of all students in our school.

“Our ‘zero tolerance’ approach to bullying has recently been recognised as a strength by Ofsted, who also commented on the calm and orderly conduct of our pupils, and that they feel safe, well supported and cared for by their teachers.”