Former students detail racism claims in open letter to James Allen’s Girls’ School

Katherine Johnston (17 June, 2020)

The Dulwich private school has issued a response

32573James Allen's Girls' School

More than one hundred former students of James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) have signed a letter detailing allegations of racism and discrimination at the Dulwich private school.

The school’s head teacher, Sally-Anne Huang, has also received a petition calling for its curriculum to be ‘decolonised’.

It is is one of several top educational establishments across the country to be interrogated over a perceived failure to tackle discrimination after a campaign started by twenty-one-year-old Tiwa Adebayo, an ex-pupil of Haberdashers’ Aske’s in Hertfordshire.

She took action after she and a group of BAME friends who attended private schools began sharing their own experiences.

Soon around 300 black students had signed her letter to the Independent Schools Council detailing alleged racist incidents, and of failures to appropriately punish those responsible and safeguard students from future abuse.

The letter to JAGS references several alleged incidents including claims a pupil described black and white people as ‘more different to each other than different dog breeds’.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, Ms Huang responded: “We have all been moved by the shocking death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests across the world.

“At JAGS we are committed to inclusivity and diversity across our community and have a responsibility to all our BAME students to ensure they are heard and valued.

“Over the past few years, we have begun to address the curriculum to ensure that it covers race and race issues, and we acknowledge that we must continue to develop and reflect upon these.

“We understand also that these measures are a starting point and should not solely be reflected in the curriculum but across all aspects of our school community and life.

“We are working closely with our pupil body to address this, including integrating our equality policy with a new diversity policy.

“Over the past week, we have engaged with pupils, families and alumnae asking them for their feedback and welcome this opportunity to engage and implement positive change.

“All allegations of racism are taken extremely seriously and JAGS welcomes any further information regarding any incidents so that we can investigate fully.

“We are committed to ensuring that JAGS is positively antiracist.”

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John Davies says:

‘around 300 black students had signed her letter’ ‘a petition calling for its curriculum to be ‘decolonised’’ when will these people stop complaining about absolutely everything. Moan moan moan. Get a fking life and stop looking for sympathy. You would think they are treated worse that the Jews in Auschwitz the way they keep moaning. Its ok to have ‘Black History Month’ but not our own history. Fed up with far left wing extremists and second generation immigrants telling us how we should live in our country.. If this was such a nasty vile evil place, why do they keep coming…………. And relax.

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