The college was accused of discriminating against Muslims when it ordered all students, staff and visitors to remove face coverings so individuals are “easily identifiable at all times”.
It then backtracked after a petition attracted 8,000 signatures in 48 hours and the policy drew criticism from politicians.
He said: “My own view, I don’t think we should end up like different countries where we tell people how they go about their business.
I do think there is an issue with teachers in the classroom…that might be an area where a full veil might be inappropriate.” The debate was given momentum last week when David Cameron’s spokesman said the Prime Minister would have no problem with the veil being banned in his children’s schools.
Guidance from the Department for Education states that it should be possible for various religious beliefs to be accommodated within individual institutions’ policies.
The right to a particular religious dress code is safeguarded by the Human Rights Act 1998 and must be followed by schools and colleges, it is claimed.
“Schools should be allowed to say if you want to go into lessons in our schools you have got to comply with the rules,” he said.