The principal of the school attended by three teenage girls thought to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), has said there is no evidence they were radicalised at the institution.

Mark Keary, principal of the Bethnal Green Academy in east London, said everyone at the school was “shock and saddened” to hear that GCSE pupils, Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, had left their homes last week and travelled to Turkey.

In a statement he said: “We are all shocked and saddened by the news that three of our students have been reported missing from home, having boarded a flight to Istanbul from Gatwick Airport last week. Our thoughts are with the missing girls at this time.

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