A Christian school, which teaches children who have fallen out of the traditional education system, has won its fight to stay open after the Department of Education (DoE) threatened to withdraw its licence to teach.
The Chrysolyte Independent Christian School (CICS) based in Southwark, South London, was threatened with closure last year following complaints to the DoE from three parents, who claimed that teachers, including co-founder Rally Ikiebe, unlawfully hit their children whilst at the school.
Following a tribunal, the DoE judicial panel could find little justification to close the school. Rally Ikiebe was pleased with the conclusion. She stated, “We feel relieved; the pupils and parents are very relieved and supportive.”
And, to add to the victory, the school was informed that the police had dropped investigations into the allegations, for which Rally had been arrested.
The Ikiebes’ passion to help children achieve education has led to former pupils winning places at leading independent and grammar schools, including Dulwich College and Emmanuel College.
The school held a special thanksgiving anniversary service to give God thanks for the victory, and are now looking forward to what 2013 holds.