Interim manager to 'assess future viability' of educational charity

The Rabia Educational Trust, which runs an independent school in Luton, Bedfordshire, is the subject of a second inquiry by the Charity Commission in less than five years

The Rabia Boys and Girls School
The Rabia Boys and Girls School

The Charity Commission has appointed an interim manager to an educational charity “to assess its future viability”, the regulator has announced. 

In November, the commission said it had opened a second statutory inquiry in less than five years into the Rabia Educational Trust, which operates the Rabia Girls and Boys School in Luton, Bedfordshire,

The inquiry would examine concerns about the charity's administration and governance, including trustees’ persistent failure to meet the Independent Schools Standards, the regulator said. 

A previous investigation into the charity in 2016 found it was mismanaged and poorly administrated by its trustees.

It had also been criticised by the schools watchdog Ofsted for segregating male and female staff.

The regulator said this week that the school was subject to regulatory action by the Department for Education, including its potential removal from the Register of Independent Schools.

The commission said it continued to have serious concerns about the charity’s administration and governance. 

It said it had therefore appointed Emma Moody of the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP as interim manager. 

Moody will “assess the future viability of the charity to the exclusion of its trustees”, the regulator said. 

The trustees will continue to oversee the charity in all other matters, the commission said. 

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