School Agrees £8.5k Settlement to Pupil Excluded Over Size of Afro Hair Do

A case funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has seen a pupil win a settlement from a school which excluded her over the size of her hair. Ruby Williams attended the Urswick School, in Hackney, run by the London Diocesan Board for Schools. She has received an £8,500 settlement from it, although the board did not accept liability. The case concerned the size of Ms Williams’ afro style hair, which the schools said was inconsistent with its uniform policy that hair must be of ‘a reasonable size’. EHRC chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said: “Ruby’s hair is an important part of who she is. We need to be able to trust our children’s schools to treat all students equally and help them reach their potential through education. Policies which single out children from particular ethnic groups are completely unacceptable.”

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