Police are investigating allegations that abusive messages were sent to the head teacher of an east London primary school embroiled in a row about banning the hijab and to its chairman of governors.

A complaint has been filed with police in Newham about emails, Facebook posts and other social media messages received by both Neena Lall, head teacher at St Stephen's School in East Ham and Arif Qawi, the former chairman of governors.

School inspectors are expected to publish a report praising the school's leaders and governors this week.

Ofsted is expected to confirm that the school is "outstanding" — its highest inspection judgment — and criticise the pressures brought to bear on Lall and her management team.

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