AN exclusive private school has apologised to a Sikh student it refused to enrol because of its strict uniform rules as part of an out of court settlement.
The student's family launched a landmark case last year after Brisbane's Ormiston College told them their 12-year-old son could only attend school if he cut his hair and did not wear his turban.
Uncut hair and turbans are both strict requirements of the Sikh religion.
The family, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lodged a claim with the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland against the college and its headmaster Brett Webster.
The family's lawyer Scott McDougall today said his clients were happy with the confidential settlement, which included a public apology.
"The main thing they wanted was broader understanding within the community to the importance of being able to choose an education whilst maintaining your religious beliefs and identity," Mr McDougall told AAP.
"We're hopeful that other schools will take note and it won't be repeated upon the Sikh community."
He said the boy was attending another private school where he was allowed to wear his turban and was doing well.
Mr Webster said the school was pleased the case was now resolved.
"What we have done is we've agreed to look at our policies and that's a commitment we will take seriously," he said.
"And if there's a need to modify our enrolment or uniform policies to remain aligned with the Anti-Discrimination Act then we will do so." [Link]
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