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High Court rules that segregation of sexes at school is not discriminatory

Related Member(s):
Helen Mountfield QC, Sarah Hannett
Related Practice Area(s):
Discrimination and Equality, Education Law, Public Law

The High Court has ruled that segregation on the ground of sex does not constitute direct discrimination under sections 13 and 85 of the Equality Act 2010. The court held that segregation was not discriminatory on the ground that defendant had not established that the School treated either boys or girls less favourably by denying both male and female pupils opportunities to interact with or learn from the opposite sex, or (ii) the expressive harm caused by the necessary implication that girls are inferior to boys. Helen Mountfield QC and Sarah Hannett involved in this case.