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1980s

Britain's First Voluntary-Aided Muslim School

Brent Council in London gave its support to the establishment in the borough of what would be Britain's first voluntary-aided Muslim school. The school would have 85% of its capital costs and the salaries of seven teachers paid by the council, while remaining under the control of the Mosque. Many voluntary-aided Church of England, Roman Catholic and Jewish schools were already in existence but previous attempts to establish Muslim schools had failed to win the support of the local authority.

Islamia Primary was opened in 1983 as a private school after protests that local schools in Brent did not cater for the religious needs of Muslim pupils.

Ron Anderson, the Labour group's education spokesperson, said that although Labour would not oppose the proposal, it feared the establishment of such a school might mean an excuse for not meeting the needs of Muslim pupils in the maintained schools.

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