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Public meeting over Al-Madinah

Concerned parents have attended a public meeting to discuss problems at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby. It comes after the top governor stood down amid a storm of criticism, including an Ofsted report calling the school 'dysfunctional'.

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Derby free school to re-open this morning

The free school in Derby that closed last week on ‘Health and Safety’ grounds is due to re-open again this morning.

The Al-Madinah free school closed on Wednesday amid reports that girls were forced to sit at the back of classrooms and that female staff were forced to wear the veil.

Al-Madinah school closed last Wednesday Credit: ITV News Central

The school maintains it was closed for ‘health and safety’ reasons, and they can re-open because the issue had been “completely resolved and will not reoccur”.

In a statement on the school’s website, the Interim Principal thanked everyone affected by the closure for their patience:

At this point we would like to pass on our sincere thanks to our pupils, parents and other members of our community for their patience. With your continued support, Al-Madinah School will continue on its journey to realise its vision for the community we serve."

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