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To think a school can't legally suddenly ban the headscarf for muslin girls!

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Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:15:49

So our local catholic school has banned the headscarf this week...disastrous for some of the girls but also against church advice that headscarfs are fine, against DFES advice about consultation and sensitivity to religious groups, against best practice as this type of change should involve the governing body? discriminatory on religious and sexist grounds...Sikh boys can keep their turbans.

Aibu to think that the school is legally in the wrong?

Kayano Tue 13-Sep-11 00:19:33

Sikh boys can wear turbans but Muslim girls can't wear headscarf? Wtf?
What about crucifix for Christians?

Seems a bit random and discriminatory if it isn't an all out ban on any religious wear

dozyrosie Tue 13-Sep-11 00:22:13

Assuming you mean Muslim and not muslin. YANBU.

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 13-Sep-11 00:22:24

Welcome to Mumsnet

cornsylk Tue 13-Sep-11 00:22:30

are you sure? Do your children go to this school?

RedRubyBlue Tue 13-Sep-11 00:23:55

It is a piece of cloth. That is all.

Speak to the church, the temple the mosque. Keep the school neutral.

Gets ready for a flaming but kids are kids and generally don't care. They just have mates.

Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:24:23

Exactly...and Muslim not muslin!

Plenty of Muslim girls attend and the change only just notified without warning.

Catholic schools anticipate other faiths attending, they have general poicy advise that suggests scarfs are an acceptable form of modest dress. Can't fathom this schools position?

cornsylk Tue 13-Sep-11 00:25:28

How has this come to your attention?

KimberlyClark Tue 13-Sep-11 00:26:23

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Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:26:38

Yep my children do...informed by senior teachers.

These girls do care...their families care. It can't be correct?

cornsylk Tue 13-Sep-11 00:27:19

why would senior teachers be informing you? Did they have a meeting. confused

Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:27:52

I am not a troll! Not usual name as don't want to out school. Well would if it would help!

Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:29:53

Senior teachers informed the pupils during an assembly, new uniform policy given out. So this doesn't sound believable? Exactly but it happened at the back end of last week.

RedRubyBlue Tue 13-Sep-11 00:30:41

Help what?

Name the school.

cornsylk Tue 13-Sep-11 00:32:10

So the teachers informed the pupils before they informed the parents? How old are these pupils?

RedRubyBlue Tue 13-Sep-11 00:33:27

Hides thread because I cannot care..............this will only get worse

cornsylk Tue 13-Sep-11 00:33:48

Yes I'm going also.....

ChaosTrulyReigns Tue 13-Sep-11 00:34:44


Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:35:05

Help change the policy I suppose. The school is a catholic one in a largely muslim area, naming may create more pressure not to change the policy iyswim. Really I hope someone knows whether this can, legally be done. I know the veil can be challenged but a headscarf?

reelingintheyears Tue 13-Sep-11 00:36:41

So Muslim girls in headscarves are going to a Catholic school?

Is it me or is this unusual?

Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:38:32

Worse? I posted in the wrong place maybe but not deliberately. Hoped to get some help before contacting the school directly.

School is secondary.

reelingintheyears Tue 13-Sep-11 00:39:00

Do Muslim schools make Catholic children/girls wear headscarves?hmm

CaptainNancy Tue 13-Sep-11 00:39:22

reeling- where on earth do you live that it is unusual for people of other faiths to attend a catholic school?

reelingintheyears Tue 13-Sep-11 00:39:57

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Headscarfs123 Tue 13-Sep-11 00:40:09

Not unusual here. Some Sikhs some jehova's plenty of no faith.

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