Birmingham college veil row: Headteacher to step down after policy U-turn


The head of a Birmingham college widely criticised for banning Muslim students from wearing face veils is set to step down.

Dame Christine Braddock will leave the post she has held for 15 years at the Birmingham Metropolitan College at the end of the current academic year.

The college recently dropped its controversial veil ban after it attracted negative national media attention and thousands signed a petition calling for the policy to be reversed.

A spokesman for the college said the decision is part of a broader transition at board level and a ‘long-term’ planned change.

‘The board has had a phased approach to succession planning. With my own appointment phase one is complete and now we will begin the search for a successor to Christine,’ explained incoming chairman Steve Hollis.

‘She will continue in her role until the end of the academic year, to enable her to support her…

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