The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that runs an Islamic school after police arrested senior teaching staff and seized weapons and cash from the premises.
The regulator announced today it had concerns about potential misconduct and mismanagement at the Darul Uloom School London, which is based in Chislehurst, south-east London, and has objects for the advancement of education and religion in accordance with the Islamic faith.
Various newspapers reported last month that the headteacher of the school had been forced out to spare it from closure: he had been arrested after a raid by police uncovered weapons and more than £400,000 in cash at a flat on the grounds.
The Department for Education made an application to close the school, which has about 160 pupils, but the closure was averted by the departure of the headteacher, according to reports.
The commission said today that it had received a serious incident report from the charity after the arrests of the headteacher and another member of staff, who was its safeguarding lead.
The commission said its inquiry would examine the management and oversight of the charity by the trustees, including its financial management, and whether conflicts of interest were being properly identified and managed by the trustees.
It will also scrutinise the conduct of the arrested people.
The charity had an income of £411,958 and an expenditure of £409,724 in the year to the end of July 2017, its accounts show.
The charity did not respond to requests for comment from Third Sector on Tuesday morning.