An Islamic faith school illegally separates boys and girls to give more favorable treatment to male pupils, inspectors found. A member of staff at Redstone Academy in Birmingham told students that “the university is not for women,” according to an Ofsted report.
The report says the fee-paying school, judged as “inadequate,” gives boys first choice of work experience venues and a more extensive range of extra-curricular activities — including sports.
Boys and girls were “unlawfully segregated” for all activities at the secondary school, except for assemblies, inspectors found. Charging up to £ 2,85 in annual fees, the school also bars girls from playing jiu-jitsu and football and wears them uniforms on school trips while boys do not.
“Boys enjoy school more than girls. Ofsted reports that the reason for this is that they are treated favorably and are more privileged.” Some girls told us they did not like it. He said that this is not fair and feels deprived.
Inspectors visited the school in November and concluded its unlawful segregation of pupils by sex is having a “negative impact” on girls’ education and confidence.
It comes after the Court of Appeal in 2014 that an Islamic faith school policy of separating boys from girls was unlawful sex discrimination.
Ofsted claimed that it was discriminatory to split classes after special measures were put in place in 2014 in the mixed-sex Al Hirah school in Birmingham.
Redstone Academy headteacher Saadat Rasul has said that he has no intention of defying the law in any way.
He said, “We believe that the idea of giving boys ‘favorable behavior and more opportunities than girls’ is not yet accurate as all previous Ofsted reports note that the provision for boys and girls is equal and fair.” Used to be.
“We give both boys and girls the best in our school to work diligently — and both are given equal opportunities to succeed in whatever they choose.”
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