Pupils 'banned from watching solar eclipse' for cultural and religious reasons

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A headmaster has admitted primary school children were banned from watching the eclipse for 'cultural and religious' reasons.

Council officials demanded an explanation from the head of the school in a multi-cultural suburb of west London.

North Primary School, Southall Credit: ITV News

Phil Belman, the father of a seven-year-old girl at North Primary School in Southall, rang the headteacher to express his anger.

Phil Belman Credit: ITV News
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Ealing Council confirmed the pupils were not allowed out of their classrooms but said they were able to see the eclipse on TV screens.

The headmaster, Ivor Johnstone, issued a statement saying he was sorry for any disappointment.