Rob Berkley, director of the race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust
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School 'lost touch' on cornrow hair discrimination

A London school's ban of a cornrow hairstyle resulted in "unlawful, indirect racial discrimination", the High Court has ruled.

Mr Justice Collins said the ban by St Gregory's Catholic Science College in Harrow was not unlawful in itself, but should have taken into account the individual pupil's family traditions.

A 13-year-old boy was refused a place because of the hairstyle.

Director of the independent race equality think-tank the Runnymede Trust, Rob Berkley, told BBC news that the school seems to have lost touch with parents.

  • 17 Jun 2011