A furious mum claims her daughter was excluded from school on her first day back for her ‘extreme’ hairstyle – blonde highlights she says are almost invisible to the naked eye.
Kelly Carney alleges her 15-year-old daughter Faye was banned from lessons and put in internal exclusion on Tuesday over the subtle £60 dye job.
The highlights, put in three weeks ago ahead of a family wedding this weekend, marked the first time brunette Faye, a Year 11 pupil at St Mary’s Catholic College in Wallasey, Merseyside, had ever been allowed to have her hair dyed.
Mum-of-five Kelly, 39, of Wallasey, said: “Faye’s highlights are so natural they are almost invisible – her hair just looks the same as before.
“The school recently sent a letter home to parents about changes to uniform and about makeup and hair, we were told the children could not have extreme hair colours, cuts or styles.
“But there is nothing extreme at all about this at all, it is so subtle.
“It’s not pink or green or orange, it’s not even bright blonde. It was the first time she has ever been allowed to have highlights.
“Faye has always been a good student and this is just ridiculous.
“The school should be concentrating on the kids’ education, not what they’re wearing.
“The kids are suffering big time because of this.”
Kelly claims Faye was hauled out of her tutor group by a teacher at 8.30am on her first day back on Tuesday (September 6) and spent the whole day in the school’s internal exclusion zone.
The stay-at-home mum, who is a full-time carer for her son, alleges Faye was told if it was not dyed back she would be permanently excluded or taken to the school’s sixth form salon to have her locks altered there.
Yesterday Kelly sent her daughter to school with her hair up and with a note asking teachers to contact her if they took exception to the dye job, but she has not yet heard back from teachers.
At St Mary’s last full Ofsted inspection in September 2014 the school was judged ‘requires improvement’ by the government’s education watchdog and it recently became an academy.
Kelly claims other parents have told her their children were sent home on Tuesday for having braids and wearing makeup to cover acne.
Kelly said: “Faye is in year 11 now and this is the most important year of her education, but she spent her first day in internal exclusion without any breaks.
“When she was taken out of lessons she was told she must have had her hair done on purpose to break the rules.
“The teacher told her the style was not normal, it was extreme and it had to be changed.
“They said if it was not dyed back to how it was by today they would exclude her permanently or would take her to the school salon used for training the sixth form pupils and have it dyed back.
“Parents have already had to buy new uniform because of the school’s change to academy status and we have not been reimbursed for this, despite the school being based in quite an underprivileged area.
“The school’s last Ofsted report was diabolical so why are they are concentrating on uniforms?”
The St Mary’s uniform and appearance policy, sent to all parents, states: “Students are expected to wear hair in a neat and acceptable style.
“Hair must be of one colour, natural in appearance.
“Hairstyles (including shaved heads) judged to be extreme by the headteacher are not permitted.”
The school has been approached for comment.
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