JAGS Adopts the Halo Code
We are pleased to announce that JAGS has adopted the Halo Code, the UK’s first Black hair code. The Halo Code guarantees members of the Black community the freedom and security to proudly wear their Afro-hairstyles without restriction or judgment.
The Halo Code for schools is as follows:
“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.”
Speaking about adopting the code, Ms Sam Payne, Deputy Head Pastoral said, ‘We are delighted to have adopted the Halo Code which recognises the importance of celebrating all our students’ identities and their cultural backgrounds’.
The Halo Code is one of the school’s new initiatives which forms part of our diversity and inclusion programme. Adopting the Halo Code was championed by pupils Rachel, Ore, Fareedah and Anick, our SSLP anti-racism ambassadors, and they delivered an excellent assembly all about the importance of the Code for our pupils and staff.
Within a film created for the assembly, the pupils said, ‘We recognise that education about Black hair at JAGS is so crucial to young Black students as it lays the foundation for the societal destigmatisation of Black hair. Therefore, our school will embed the Halo Code within all existing uniform policies and it will be included in our future student handbooks.’
Further information about the Halo Code can be found on the Halo Collective website.