A 12-year-old boy who was banned from a west London college due to his dreadlocks has been informed he can return with out having to chop his hair.
Former Fulham Boys College pupil Chikayzea Flanders was informed he must minimize off his dreadlocks or face suspension last year.
His mom, Tuesday Flanders, took the varsity to court docket, calling the demand an assault on her Rastafarian faith.
The household have now reached an settlement with Fulham Boys College.
Chikayzea, who has since moved to a brand new college, is welcome to return “offered that his dreadlocks are tied up in order that they don’t contact the highest of his collar, or coated with a fabric of color to be agreed by the varsity”.
Ms Flanders mentioned: “As dad and mom we place our belief in colleges and lecturers to assist mould our youngsters’s lives by schooling.
“However that ought to by no means place restrictions on their id or their capability to specific their non secular beliefs.”
Fulham Boys College head instructor Alun Ebenezer mentioned the varsity “had handled the grievance by our printed complaints process”.
The varsity’s strict uniform and look coverage “stays in place because it protects the distinctive ethos of the Fulham Boys College,” he added.
Mr Ebenezer mentioned: “Almost 20% of our boys come from personal colleges and rub shoulders with the 40% of boys from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Our uniform coverage means you do not know whose dad and mom earn thousands and thousands of kilos and who comes from an space with actual social deprivation. It reveals that solely character issues and raises aspiration.”
A Governors’ Complaints Decision Committee beneficial that the varsity ought to evaluation its uniform and look coverage towards relevant laws.
David Isaac, chair on the Equality and Human Rights Fee, who helped fund authorized motion towards Fulham Boys College, mentioned: “We’re happy that the varsity has acknowledged their failings on this occasion and has agreed to revise its insurance policies.”
The County Court docket ordered the varsity to pay Chikayzea and his mom a settlement and canopy the litigation prices, following the settlement.