UK: Muslim school’s policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination, Court of Appeal rules

An Islamic faith school’s policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination, Court of Appeal judges have today ruled.

Three Court of Appeal judges in London overturned last year’s finding by a High Court judge that Ofsted was wrong to penalise the mixed-sex Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham.

Inspectors had found that separating the pupils – to the extent that they were forced to walk down different corridors – left them ‘unprepared for life in modern Britain’.

Ofsted also discovered that the school kept ‘offensive’ books in the library which advocated wife beating and forced sex – a fact the school was not challenging.

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