It is now illegal for a co-ed school to segregate sexes. This has been confirmed by the recent decision of the courts - which has divided opinion. The Association of Muslim Schools sought to appeal the decision - but its application has just been rejected.
So where does this leave co-ed schools who segregate sexes? They are left with a stark choice of reintegrating sexes, opening separate boys' and girls' schools or doing nothing - but running the risk of facing litigation.
Al-Hijrah Islamic segregation school appeal bid refused Boys and girls were found completely separated for lessons, breaks, trips and clubs from the age of nine A bid to appeal a ruling of unlawful sex discrimination at an Islamic faith school has been rejected. Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham was found guilty of sex discrimination in October for segregating children in all activities from the age of nine.