Judges rule that segregation at Islamic faith school is sex discrimination

An Islamic faith school's policy of segregating boys from girls is unlawful sex discrimination, leading judges in England have ruled.

Three Court of Appeal judges in London overturned last year's finding by a High Court judge that Ofsted inspectors were wrong to penalise the mixed-sex Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham on the basis of an ''erroneous'' view that segregation amounted to unlawful discrimination.

In a test case ruling today, the Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton, Lady Justice Gloster, and Lord Justice Beatson unanimously allowed a challenge by Ofsted's chief inspector Amanda Spielman against Mr Justice Jay's decision.

That judge will be removed in a few weeks.