A Christian teacher has told how she was forced out of a state-funded Islamic school after refusing to comply with a strict dress code that required all female staff to wear a headscarf and ankle-length skirt.

The 50-year-old claimed she left the Al-Madinah School in Derby after being "hassled" by senior managers about her choice of clothes.

She claimed that the school had issued staff with a handbook that told female staff to cover their entire body — with the exception of hands, face and feet — and not to wear "symbols of other faiths". The teacher, who does not want to be identified, claims she was put on gardening leave and then officially resigned after four months of employment because of her refusal to sign up to the rules.

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