9 February 2021
Derby High School is excited to have adopted The Halo Code, the UK’s first Black hair code. Formed by an alliance of organisations and individuals working to create a future without hair discrimination and end hair inequality for good.
Mrs Chapman, Head, said “No Black staff or students should have to change their natural or protective hairstyle in order to thrive at school. The Halo Code explicitly protects students and staff who come to school with natural hair and protective hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities.”
By joining the Halo family, Derby High School hopes other schools and workplaces will become aware of the code, moving us one-step closer to a world free from discrimination, where all Black members of our community have their identities fully recognised and celebrated.
The Code: “Our school champions the right of staff and students to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black staff and students’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance. We welcome Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened through the application of heat or chemicals, weaves, wigs, headscarves, and wraps. At this school, we recognise and celebrate our staff and students’ identities. We are a community built on an ethos of equality and respect where hair texture and style have no bearing on anyone’s ability to succeed.”