The trustees of Derby's controversial Muslim free school have confirmed they will no longer require staff and pupils to cover their hair – 25 days after the practice was revealed exclusively by the Derby Telegraph.

A letter to parents was put on the Al-Madinah School's website as last night's deadline for compliance with Government instructions on the issue loomed. It also published the letter it had written to staff, to inform them of the changes.

The school, which has 400 pupils at sites in Nelson Street and Friar Gate, has not been out of the headlines since it was revealed by unhappy teachers that female non-Muslim staff had to wear a hijab – Islamic scarf – and girl pupils were segregated in classes.

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