HISTORY: Catholic East Lancs school appoints first Muslim head boy

Jamaal Iqbal, the first non-Catholic head boy at Fisher More High, with with former schools minister Stephen Twigg

Jamaal Iqbal, the first non-Catholic head boy at Fisher More High, with with former schools minister Stephen Twigg

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JAMAAL Iqbal is only 15 but he’s set to make history when he returns to his school in September – as its first ever Muslim head boy.

Fisher More High in Colne is a Roman Catholic school but each year it admits a certain number of children from non-Catholic backgrounds.

Currently, around 108 of its 725 pupils are from non-Catholic families but this will be the first time a Muslim student has been chosen to represent the school as a head student.

Jamaal, from Nelson, says he is very excited to begin the new term as head boy and feels he was very lucky to be chosen.

His father, Manzar Iqbal, said: “It’s great that the school has recognised my son but, more than that, I think it is great for the whole community to see Catholics and Muslims and people from all backgrounds working together to make their school great.

“There have been problems previously with racism in Pendle and I think this shows that things are moving forward in our borough and that people can work together, whatever their background.

“I’m also extremely proud of my son. He works so hard and really deserves this on his own merit.”

Although Jamaal is a practising Muslim, he is active in all parts of school life at Fisher More and attends Catholic-themed assemblies and Mass at the school.

Chair of governors Mary Thomas said: “We value all our students whatever their background and we believe, as Jesus taught us, that every young person is special and unique. Fisher More is based on the Gospel values of love, respect, tolerance and justice. This young man has shown these values and so was chosen for this honour.

“I am absolutely delighted for him and his family and I know he will represent our school as an excellent ambassador.”

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