Response to the recent article published by Birmingham Mail, Daily Mail and The Telegraph.

On 3rd November 2018, Josh Layton Published an article titled: “Islamic schools 'in breach of law' over segregation of boys and girls”

The article stated, that “Ofsted inspectors said in their reports that the mixed sex schools were in breach of the Equality Act 2010

The Ofsted report of our school clearly states the following:

In 2017, the Court of Appeal affirmed that segregation by sex in schools, in analogous circumstances, is direct sex discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010. The Court of Appeal also said there is a strong argument for the Secretary of State and Ofsted to recognise that, given the history of the matter, the schools affected should be given time to put their houses in order in the light of the conclusion that this is unlawful sex discrimination. Ofsted and the DfE have accepted this. Therefore, the school’s policy of segregation has not been taken into account in this inspection when determining the inspection judgements. We intend to write to the Secretary of State and to suggest that he commissions a further inspection of the school in or after September 2018. Following September 2018, we will take any ongoing breach of the Equality Act 2010 arising from segregation into account in relation to key inspection judgements made. 

The key point here being that “Following September 2018, we will take any ongoing breach of the Equality Act 2010 arising from segregation into account in relation to key inspection judgements made.” Meaning that there would only be a breach of the Equality Act 2010, if the school has not made any changes or has not taken steps to put matters in order relating to the new segregation law.

Our school has already informed the Department of Education and has fully resolved the issue of segregation by changing its Secondary School admissions policy to a Girls only school.  Therefore there is NO breach of the Equality Act 2010, as the school has made the required changes prior to the new legislation taking effect.

The article led its readers to believe and gives an impression that the school is not meeting the Equalities Act 2010; we’d like to make clear to all parties, that our secondary school does not practice or enforce any segregation between boys and girls, as it is a girls only school. When the school was inspected it wasn't failing in any aspect of the Equalities Act and neither is it now.

We would urge a more balanced and fairer reporting from such sensation-seeking irresponsible journalists who obviously don't check the facts before publishing misleading articles that in the long term cause damage to community cohesion and undermine so much of the amazing work that our schools do to promote and prepare our students for life in modern Britain.

Quote from our Ofsted report, June 2018:

"Staff are vigilant in protecting their pupils from stereotypical or derogatory language. Teachers promote civility, tolerance, acceptance and courtesy in their pupils. Staff say they want pupils to be excellent role models of their faith in modern Britain. Pupils are proud of their beliefs but they welcome other points of view and traditions."