MP Sir Edward Leigh has attacked government school inspectors Ofsted for marking down Middle Rasen Primary School for a lack of multicultralism.
The veteran MP said this afternoon that he backed the “outstanding” school 100 per cent.
His voice added to the UK-wide furore as the story, originally published in this morning’s Market Rasen Mail and on this website, went national.
“This is political correctness gone mad,” the Gainsborough Conservative MP said.
“Middle Rasen Primary School is an outstanding school by any standards, and Melonie Brunton is a brilliant headteacher -- I back the school and its head one-hundred percent.”
“Just last week I wrote to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, objecting strenuously to the new so-called ‘equality’ regulations she is implementing in schools. Conservatives have always stood for freeing our schools from the deadening hand of state-enforced orthodoxy. Why there has been such a massive U-turn under Nicky Morgan is inexplicable to me.”
Sir Edward, who has been in the Commons for more than 30 years, added that the demographics of the area don’t justify Ofsted’s criticism.
“Multiculturalism is an irrelevance in Lincolnshire with its low number of ethnic minorities, who are already welcomed and well-integrated into our local communities, as they should be.”
As reported in the Rasen Mail, Ofsted awarded Middle Rasen Primary School a 2 or “good” but said the school was not “outstanding” because: “Pupils cultural development is limited by lack of first hand experience of the diverse make-up of modern British society.”