Profile: Jamea al Kauthar school for girls

Specialist female officer are conducting searches of the Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster
Specialist female officer are conducting searches of the Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Jamea al Kauthar school in Lancaster, which is being searched following reports of sexual assault and false imprisonment, is a private boarding school for Islamic girls.

According to its website, Jamea al Kauthar started with 60 girls in September 1996 and presently caters for 440 residential girls between the ages of 11 and 20 from all over the world.

It continues: "We provide an opportunity to study the traditional sciences concurrently with secondary and further education.

"Jamea al Kauthar also offers the 'Tahfeez Ul Quraan' programme [committing the whole quran to memory] and a two year abridged version of the Islamic Teaching programme in the English medium."

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No further action over Islam school arrests

No further action will be taken against three men arrested after an investigation into an Islamic school for girls in Lancaster. Police were called to the Jamea Al Kauthar school to investigate claims of sexual assault and false imprisonment.