A state-funded Muslim faith school in Birmingham at the centre of a legal battle over its policy of gender segregation in the classroom has been named ahead of the start of a court of appeal hearing on the legality of its approach.

Judges lifted a ban on the naming of Al-Hijrah school, an Islamic faith school in inner-city Birmingham, which segregates its pupils on the basis of gender between the ages of 9 and 16.

The schools inspectorate, Ofsted, is appealing a ruling made by a high court judge in London last November, which concluded that it was wrong to penalise the school because of its "erroneous" view that segregation of boys and girls amounted to unlawful discrimination.

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