Kenton school taken to court for banning cornrow hairstyle

Pupil’s family claim decision was ‘racially biased’.

A school has been taken to the High Court over its decision to bar a child because of his haircut.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was refused entry on his first day at St Gregory’s Roman Catholic High School in Donnington Road, Kenton, when he was 12 because his hair was in cornrows.

The boy’s family have asked Mr Justice Collins, sitting at London’s High Court, to declare the stance of the headteacher and governors unlawful.

The Times reported on the incident, which took place in September 2009 and sparked accusations that the school was “racially biased”.

St Gregory’s is one of Brent’s best performing secondary schools, and last year 67 per cent of GCSE pupils were awarded five A* to C grades.

The case continues and a judgement is expected to be made tomorrow (Thursday).

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