Peter Clarke and Ian Kershaw’s reports regarding the Trojan Hoax seemed to have highlighted some damning issues. However upon closer analysis, they are incredibly biased and methodologically flawed reports which any social scientist can pick apart. A detailed analysis will be given at some point. However, my contention remains the same as before; issues in schools may exist and I am for one against any form of intimidation and flouting of rules. They need to be dealt with. But those rules, inquiries and outcomes, by government bodies and the media must be equally be applied. There are many cases where issues have occurred, not by Muslims but by evangelical Christians, yet the treatment of Christians has not been the same and their behaviour has been largely ignored (see Albert Bore’s quote here). Rule of law as such has been trodden over in order to push a wider “anti-Islam” neocon agenda, and it reinforces the notion that the Muslim minority are continually being treated as second-class citizens. This is Muslim minority discrimination.
Alleged incidents implicating controversial Riverside-linked teachers, who are also purportedly behind the Trojan Hoax letter, demonstrates this point.
Boyes’ Shocking Allegations
Tim Boyes of Queensbridge School is alleged to have latent supremacist views which occasionally surface in his outbursts and during conversations.
Since publishing my previous two articles dealing with Riverside Church and Karen Slater, I have received many messages supporting the claims made in the articles and have been privy to allegations against Tim Boyes in particular, lending some veracity to the allegations which have been made. The example set forth are those which my sources in Birmingham have been able to confirm.
Around 2009/10 a local Birmingham Imam visited Queensbridge School with the intention of assisting Moseley School, where Boyes was the interim head, in reaching out to the children. He wished to deliver a lecture. Boyes was uninterested, and when leaving his office, the Imam asked whether he could help in any way. Boyes retorted telling him that the Muslim children after ablution leave water in the toilets and the caretaker of the school dislikes cleaning it. He suggested to the Imam that the mosque could come to the school and clean up after the children. To Boyes’ credit, upon his attention being brought to his mistake and/or possibly sensing that this could be brought against him in the future, Boyes sent a letter to the Imam explaining that he did not intend offence and that he would come and clean the mosque for him.
Former pupils of the school have also made some shocking allegations. It has been alleged by an 18 year old ex-pupil that Boyes would occasionally remind the pupils of South-Asian origin telling them that,
“You will always be second-class citizens”.
If true then this would be a most startling statement for any person to make, let alone a head teacher. The psychological impact on Muslim children could potentially be detrimental, lowering their sense of achievement.
This trait seems to have been with Boyes for some time. Sources in Birmingham have also mentioned that it is alleged that Boyes made similar remarks in Golden Hillock School. This is one of the reasons, it is claimed, that Boyes left Golden Hillock School to take up a senior position in Queensbridge School, a move made under the auspices of Thelma Probert.
Boyes and Take Overs and Financial Mismanagement
Tim Boyes has been trying to takeover schools for some time. His efforts to merge Queensbridge with Moseley is most noticeable. The appointment of Thelma Probert as the Chair of Governors for the IEB for Moseley school and the appointment of Boyes as acting head in 2009 is evidenced here, where it is alleged that,
Tim Boyes smeared and instigated the removal of the Moseley School Governing Body with the support of cronies in Birmingham City Council… Following the removal of the Governing Body, an Interim Executive Board was established, initially chaired by Thelma Probert OBE. Ms. Probert (OBE) was forced to resign with immediate effect when it became public knowledge that there was a potential and serious conflict of interest. Not only was she the School Improvement Partner for Queensbridge School (a paid post) where Tim Boyes is the substantive Head but when she was Head of Golden Hillock School, she had a Deputy Head called Mr. T. Boyes!
Both Probert and Boyes had already failed Golden Hillock School.
The question is raised as to whether this involvement with Moseley was with the aim of placing Christian teachers into Muslim-majority schools. The possibility is certainly there, as Father Oliver Cross in Birmingham has highlighted:
“This new interjecton into the debate comes on the part of three educationalists who, at various points over the last twenty years, feel that they have flagged up just what #trojanhorse alleges. What the press reports don’t particularly acknowledge is that these folk are all Christians, and have – if the Twitter rumours are to be believed – been understood to favour employing Christian staff in majority-Muslim schools by inspiring in them a sense of their duty to conduct personal discipleship in full view of people whose faith conviction is a different to theirs.”
During Boyes’ tenure as acting head of Moseley School in Birmingham, Boyes had authorised £75,000 of school money to be invested in the repairing of Grouse Cottage in Wales. The cowboy builders who undertook the job were employed by a firm owned by a member of the Interim Executive Board (an example of what Karen Slater would call, “nepotism”), which was forced in by Boyes and his associate Thelma Probert. A total of £131,000 of expenditure was authorised without the appropriate approval. To compound this further, planning permission for the work was also not obtained, which resulted in the cottage being sold this year and pupils losing the benefit of visiting the cottage.
Financial Mismanagement and more “nepotism” by Evangelicals at Golden Hillock
Riverside Church attendee Reverend John Ray was a governor and the vice chair of the finance committee for Golden Hillock School. During this period he was also the chair of Feast, which at the time was not registered as a charity. Reverend Ray was able to agree £23,000 per annum to be paid to Feast, for a youth worker to do a youth club in the school. Lynn Morris, former principal of Joseph Chamberlain College and a practising Christian, was the chair of the finance committee and approved the payment.
Sources close to a previous chair of Golden Hillock School have alleged that Reverend Ray’s conflict of interest was not disclosed to the schools and the arrangement lasted close to three years.
Peter Clarke’s report was mainly based on allegations, verified by further allegations ignoring any counter-narratives. Peter Clarke in his DfE report on the Trojan Hoax allegations asserted that there were efforts to “subvert normal processes”, which had the hallmarks of “Islamism”.
A supremacist, prejudiced mentality, smearing and instigation of removal of governors, “nepotism”, financial mismanagement and the pushing of an ideology (Christian youth organisation) are all actions which led Clarke to his neocon conclusions in his Department for Education report into the Trojan Hoax. What ideology would he attribute Boyes and Reverend Ray’s alleged actions to? Evangelical Christianism? Will we see the three levels of investigations into these schools? Or is there one rule for Muslims and another for Christians?
There is more to be discussed and it will be presented as and when the information I have is verified. For now, I will leave Boyes with the following question:
You claimed that you had warned the Department for Education of the Trojan Hoax allegations in 2010. A political punch-up ensued when Theresa May attacked Michael Gove with these repeated allegations, thus lending further credibility to your claims. My question is, why have you not repeated this claim in the media?