Last reviewed 17 January 2022
Oak Tree High (OTH) in Sheffield was closed by Ofsted because it was failing to provide pupils with a good education.
However, inspectors then found that Aysha Tuition Centre (ATC) was operating on the same site and employing many of the same staff as OTH to teach former pupils of the failed private school.
ATC was investigated by Ofsted’s unregistered schools taskforce during 2021 and inspectors found evidence that the setting, which claimed to be a tuition centre, was in reality providing up to 28 children with full-time education.
According to Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, many of the children at this illegal school were allegedly being home educated but were in fact receiving all of their education at the centre.
In the latest successful prosecution of those running unregistered schools, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard Shahjan Yasmin Hussain, Chair of Trustees; Dr Shathea Zamzam, Manager; and Yorkshire Tuition Centre admit to running an unregistered school.
Yorkshire Tuition Centre, a charitable trust which oversaw the school, was fined £500 while Dr Zamzam and Mr Hussain were ordered to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work and made subject to a community order for 18 months.
In addition, a £500 contribution has to be paid between the three defendants towards the cost of the prosecution.
Ms Spielman said: “Cases like this are why I have long called for a register for children who are being home educated — so we can know where they are and that they’re getting a good education. We also urgently need legislation to be strengthened so that we can take strong action against illegal schools and close them down.”