An Islamic school which taught that only Muslims and animals were saved on Noah's ark has become the first to be successfully prosecuted for operating illegally.
The Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in west London marketed itself as a study centre where home-educated children had part-time tuition, but Ofsted inspectors found that almost 60 children of compulsory school age were regularly attending the centre during school hours.
The case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service after the centre failed to respond to Ofsted's warning notice in November 2017.
Director Nacerdine Talbi and Headteacher Beatrix Kinga Bernhardt have now become the first people convicted of running an unregistered independent school and were each given a three-month curfew and ordered to pay a total of £970 towards costs. The school has also been fined £100.