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A Muslim pupil has misplaced her High Court battle towards a ban on prayer rituals at a top-performing north London college, beforehand labelled as Britain’s strictest.

The pupil, who stays nameless, launched authorized motion towards Michaela Community School in Brent, alleging the coverage was discriminatory and “uniquely” impacted her religion as a result of its ritualised nature.

She contended that the varsity’s place on prayer one of many 5 pillars of Islam unlawfully infringed upon her proper to non secular freedom and was “the kind of discrimination which makes religious minorities feel alienated from society”.

The college, established and led by headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh, a former authorities social mobility tsar, defended its prayer coverage, citing demise and bomb threats linked to non secular observance on web site.

However, in a written ruling on Tuesday, Mr Justice Linden dismissed the pupil’s arguments towards the prayer rituals ban. The choose did uphold the scholar’s problem to a choice to quickly exclude her from the varsity.

The pupil’s attorneys argued in a January listening to that she was making a “modest” request to be allowed to hope for round 5 minutes at lunch time, on dates when religion guidelines required it, however not throughout classes.

The college’s authorized crew knowledgeable the London court docket that college students noticed praying outdoors had been a part of a “concerted campaign” on social media towards the free college’s spiritual coverage, which included a web-based petition that garnered hundreds of signatures earlier than it was taken down.

They additional argued that the governors and headteacher on the college, which has round 700 college students roughly half figuring out as Muslim possess “a margin of latitude, discretion or judgment” in setting its insurance policies.