The Halo Code is a campaign pledge, signed by schools and businesses, that promises members of the Black community that they have the ‘freedom and security to wear all afro-hairstyles without restriction or judgement’.
At St Hild’s we fully adopt the code. St Hild’s is committed to working towards creating a world without hair discrimination and we believe that no-one should have to change their natural hairstyle in order to thrive. By adopting this code, we are demonstrating our commitment to a world free from discrimination, where all Black members of our community have their identities fully recognised and celebrated.
Race-based hair discrimination is illegal in the UK and hair is a protected characteristic, under the law. However, 58% of black students experience name-calling or uncomfortable questions about their hair at school. 1 in 4 black adults report that they had a negative experience when at school in relation to their hair texture. 46% of parents say that school policies penalise afro hair in the UK.
As a school, we have signed up to the Halo Code to protect the rights of our black students and staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of racial, ethnic, cultural and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance.
We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles, including but not limited to, Afros, blocs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves & wigs.
We want our young people to move into the next stages of their lives, in college and employment, feeling confident in the people that they are, celebrating their identities and their place in the world. Able to challenge discrimination and prejudice in all its forms. By joining the Halo Code we are promoting ‘Life in all its fullness’ for all members of our community.