Judge reveals that five teenagers barred from travelling abroad were pupils at Bethnal Green Academy in Bethnal Green, east London
Five teenage girls barred from travelling abroad by a judge after showing an interest in going to Syria are pupils at the same London school asÂ three girls already thought to have fled there to join the Islamic State, the High Court has been told.
In mid-FebruaryÂ police raised concerns following the disappearance of Kadiza Sultana, 16, Shamima Begum, 15, and Amira Abase, 15, from their homes in east London.
On March 20 Mr Justice Hayden barred five girls – three 16 and two 15 – from leaving the jurisdiction of England and Wales following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
The judge had made an order saying the five girls could not be identified.
But on Friday he said it could be revealed that all eight teenagers wereÂ pupils at Bethnal Green Academy in Bethnal Green, east London.
He made a ruling allowing the school to be named at a follow-up hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London – after an application from the Press Association news agency, which argued that revealing the link to the school would be in the public interest.
On March 20, Mr Justice Hayden had made the five girls wards of court – a move which prevented them from leaving the jurisdiction of England and Wales without the permission of a judge.
Mr Justice Hayden made the move following an application from social services bosses at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
He was told that social workers had raised concerns that the girls might flee to areas controlled by the Islamic State and he said sometimes the law had to intervene to protect young people from themselves.
The judge has continued to analyse the girls’ cases at further hearings throughout this week – and has heard evidence from counter terrorism specialists at the Metropolitan Police.
And he has been told that the five girls are pupils at the same school as Kadiza, Shamima and Amira.