A Birmingham Moslem school could be the first in the country to become state-financed, if its application to win gr...
A Birmingham Moslem school could be the first in the country to become state-financed, if its application to win grant-maintained status is approved, the Birmingham Post reports (p3).
Birmingham city council's education department is expected to oppose the proposal, because of its likely impact on pupil numbers at neighbouring primary schools.
The Al-Furqan Educational Trust, which runs an independent school in Tysley, is hoping to move into a former hospital building in Sparkhill, allowing it to expand from an intake of 80 pupils to be a non-fee paying, mixed primary school for 210 children.
The application comes just weeks after the council agreed to consider creating a 90-place girls-only annexe to Satley School, in Saltley, after a campaign by mainly Moslem parents for more single-sex education in the area.