Include Afro Hairstyles and Braids in Fulston Manor's Uniform Policy
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On the first day of term my daughter, who attends Fulston Manor School, was told to remove her braid extensions and return her hair to a "normal" style as the braids and extensions breached the schools uniform policy.
In this policy, it states "All extremes of hairstyles are not permitted in school. Examples of the types of style considered inappropriate are dying in non natural hair colours, contrasting colours, hair extensions, beading, braiding and cuts shorter than No. 2."
The School Uniform Policy is out of date and conflicts directly with the school's Equality and Diversity Policy, as my daughter's hair style reflects her cultural background as it does the other mixed-race and black students who wear braid extensions.
With developments in hair products and Styling techniques, more and more mixed race and black females are ceasing chemical treatment and straightening of their hair and are choosing to wear their hair in its natural form, in a range of styles. I believe these styles should be incorporated in to Fulston Manors School Uniform Policy along with braids and braid extensions.
The school are currently reviewing the policy with regard to braids and extensions but this does not guarantee they will be allowed after the review. If you agree that these styles should be included and the policy updated, please sign this petition.
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