The Government has made it clear that in order for the primary part of Al-Madinah School to remain open, the secondary school must close.

School Minister Lord Nash's latest intervention marks the end of a turbulent period in the existence of the free school, which first opened in September 2012.

Twelve months later in September 2013, a row over forcing teachers to wear Muslim dress, including a hijab – an Islamic head scarf – broke out and rumours of alleged financial irregularities prompted the Government to investigate and inspectors visited the school, resulting in a damning report and special measures in October.

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