Fury as Headteacher takes down ‘racist’ Union Flag from outside school after student protest

The headteacher of a school embroiled in a row over uniform rules, which it is claimed discriminate against Muslim and black students, has agreed to take down the Union flag amid protests from pupils.

Daniel Smith, principal of Pimlico Academy in London, has said the flag will not be flown outside the school while it undertakes a review into the matter.

The head has also agreed to look at updating the PSHE curriculum and he said aspects of the academy’s uniform policy had been revised following concerns.

The move came after scores of pupils chanted “we want change” and walked out of class early on Wednesday in protest against the school’s leadership.

National Education Union (NEU) members from the school also “overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in the head teacher and to move towards a ballot for industrial action” on Tuesday night.

A new uniform policy ushered in by the head last year, which said that hairstyles that “block the view of others” would not be allowed, and hijabs “should not be too colourful”, sparked the protests.