High Court finds ban on prayer rituals at Michaela School lawful


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Linden J has today handed down judgment in R (TTT) v Michaela Community Schools Trust. The judgment can be found here.

TTT is a Muslim pupil at the School. She sought to challenge (i) the School’s ban on prayer rituals at lunchtime, insofar as this prevented her from performing the Duhr prayer at the correct time, and (ii) two fixed term exclusions.

The Court found that the prayer ritual ban was lawful under Article 9 of the ECHR and section 19 of the Equality Act 2010. It found that the second fixed term exclusion was unlawful because it was procedurally unfair.

TTT was represented by Sarah Hannett KC and Katy Sheridan, instructed by Dan Rosenberg at Simpson Millar LLP.