Campaigners in Nottingham have stopped a local school becoming the fourth Muslim state primary in the country. The independent Islamia School in Hyson Green had applied to become a voluntary-aided state school, which would entitle it to Government funding. But the school's application was turned down by Nottingham’s School Organisation Committee, which is made up of city councillors, governors and church leaders.
The opposition was concerned about the impact on surplus places in the city, admissions policy and special education needs provision. And the decision was welcomed by people from Muslim community in The Meadows, who felt not everyone had been consulted. Many were in favour of secular education.