Ofsted has admitted it failed to properly inspect a school run by a conservative Muslim sect because the inspector was "prohibited" from talking to pupils or staff.

The inspector's report into child safety at the private Zakaria Muslim Girls' High School in Batley claimed celebrations for an Islamic festival meant he could only speak to senior managers.

The school, which disputes Ofsted's claim that it prevented access to pupils, is one of three facing further action from authorities following investigations by Sky News into the secretive Deobandi sect.

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