A school’s decision to place a 12-year-old pupil in isolation because of her new hairstyle has been branded ‘ridiculous’ by her father reports Somerset Live.
Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton have told Chris Rann, 32, that his 12-year-old daughter Lily’s new hairstyle is not allowed and had to be changed.
The offending hairstyle sees Lily’s blonde hair braided with white hair extensions woven throughout and is something she got done while on holiday in Cyprus last week, during term time.
Mr Rann told Somerset Live: “It’s nuts, Lily has been off for six months and we want her in school. I don’t see the problem the white hair is very close to her own colour. White is a natural colour.”
He went on to explain that Lily chose the hairstyle because her grandfather is of Jamaican heritage.
However, the school’s policy states there is to be no unnatural coloured hair which led to her being asked to remove the extensions when she returned to school on Tuesday, September 22 after her holiday.
Lily’s dad explained: “It is not right that Lily be kept separate. She was really excited to go back after the holiday and see her friends who she had bought presents for and everything.
“We went to Cyprus because gran died and left us some money. Lily used the money she was given to get her hair done. So we took Lily away in school time and the school has said I’ll be fined for that which I was expecting.
“But when we came back I did tell the school about the hairstyle and they asked to see a picture. I didn’t bother sending one but took her into school the next day.
“And the school said they wouldn’t have her in properly but in isolation because of it. They said the extensions need to be dyed or removed. They did say they didn’t have a problem with the braids which are essentially plaits.
“Lily has had a really tough time with mental health over lockdown so we don’t want her in isolation. I think it’s ridiculous, we’re in a pandemic – there are more important things to be doing.”
After taking Lily into school on Wednesday (September, 23) and being told that she would once again have to be isolated from the other pupils, her parents decided to take her home. They have said they will continue to take her to school each day, until she is allowed to be with her classmates, but will bring her home again every time she is sent to isolation.
Mr Rann added that if the extensions were ‘bright blue or green or something’ he would ‘understand’ as well as explaining that the braids would ‘only be in for two to three weeks.’
Gordon Green, headteacher of Norton Hill, has said that he is ‘hopeful that the parents will support’ the school.
Norton Hill school has a reputation for having high expectations and standards throughout all aspects of school life.
“Our policy around uniform, like many other schools, prohibits extreme hairstyles which in this particular case involves synthetic, white hair extensions woven throughout the entire head of hair.
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“We have asked the parents to remove the synthetic hair and they have refused.
“We have not refused entry into school for the pupil in question and it is the parents that have refused to send their child into school.
“This is a great shame, as the pupil in question has already missed a great deal of schooling following a family holiday in the first 2 weeks of term.
“I am hopeful that the parents will support us in school to maintain standards and ensure that we can be focused on the education of children rather than their uniform.”