It would be easy to think that some of the worst days for the city's Muslim free school are behind it now that Schools Minister Lord Nash has decreed its future direction.

Revelations and reports from the past two months have revealed that Al-Madinah School has an appalling record both academically and financially, despite only being open since September 2012.

But the trustees – Shazia Parveen, Shahban Rehmat and Ziad Amjad – have declared their intention to quit by the end of January and a new broom, in the form of Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, is being invited in to sweep clean.

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