HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Appellant) v The Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School (Respondent) Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceEWCA Civ 1426
Legal BodyEngland and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDiscrimination and Equality, Policies and Procedures
The respondent, a voluntary faith school for girls and boys aged between 4 and 16, believed that separation of the sexes was obligatory based on the school’s Islamic ethos.
In a June 2016 an Ofsted Inspection Report assessed the school as “inadequate” in “effectiveness of leadership and management”. A factor in this assessment was the policy pertaining to the segregation of pupils. The regulator noted that the segregation limited social development and the degree to which students were prepared for interaction with the opposite sex upon leaving school. To that extent Ofsted considered that students suffered educationally from the segregation.
Ofsted concluded that this practice constituted
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