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School guilty of ‘discrimination’

Issue No. 2257

A 13-year old black boy has taken on the system and won.

He was turned away from St Gregory’s Catholic Science College in Harrow, north London, after being told he didn’t comply with the hair policy of a “short back and sides”. He was wearing his hair in cornrows, and aged 11 at the time.

But high court judge Mr Justice Collins ruled the school’s policy resulted in “indirect racial discrimination”.

Andrew Prindiville, the headteacher, defended the school’s decision. He said in court, “Our uniform and haircut policy…is a critical part of our strategy for…keeping gang mentality out of the school and for ensuring that students do not adopt attire or haircuts that may encourage that mentality.”

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Tue 21 Jun 2011, 18:00 BST
Issue No. 2257
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