A popular headmistress has resigned after parents objected to her replacing separate assemblies for Muslim pupils with a single gathering for all faiths.

Julia Robinson felt the change would promote 'inclusiveness' in the multi- cultural school but faced accusations of racism.

She had sought advice from education chiefs about her plan for Meersbrook Bank Community Primary in Sheffield, where most of the pupils are white Christians.

But the move was stopped after a small number of parents complained and allegedly made claims of racism.

The row led to her being off work for most of last year but she was due to make a 'phased return' this term.

However, further protests from a small number of parents led to her quitting.

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