A furious Bransholme mum has been forced to change her son’s haircut to keep him in school at – but says she has been told his new style is still unacceptable.
Callum Manning, 12, faced being put in to “consequences” as his hair was deemed not to fit in with school policy when he arrived in school on Wednesday, June 27 after having it cut the evening before.
The pupil’s mother, Sarah Everett, 40, did not want her son to be pulled out of normal classes at Kingswood Academy, as she felt he did not deserve to be punished for his hair-do, so she took him home for the rest of the week.
Refusal of second hair cut
As Callum was threatened with being expelled if his hair was not altered, his mum paid again to blend his hair cut but was told this week when he returned to school the new style was still not up to standard.
“I had to take the day off work to get Callum to a hairdresser again on Thursday and got his hair blended in, as he was too upset at the thought of having it all shaved off,” said the mum-of-two.
“When I came back in to school with him after the cut, a teacher said that it was cut too much down the side and accused me of shaving it again just to get a line put in.
“But I was just trying to get it blended so that Callum could come back to school, without having it all cut off.
Worry that Callum will fall behind
Ms Everett is outraged this is now the second time her son has been taken out of school due to his haircut, and her partner is also very annoyed.
“I am worried about Callum falling behind by missing classes and he really wants to get back to school, as he’s bored hanging about at home,” she said.
“The school seems to have a stricter policy for boys, as my daughter went there and there was never any trouble for her. What does a haircut have to do with your education?
“I could understand if I’d sent him in with a Mohican or blue hair but it’s the same hair cut that Callum has had for the past two years.
“It’s quite upsetting – it’s a school after all and not the military.”
She added she is panicking about getting Callum back in to school and does not know what to do. She is meeting with the Kingswood Academy headteacher to discuss next steps.
What the school says
Kingswood Academy say that the school’s hairstyle policy is clearly set out.
A spokesman for the school said: “We at the academy have the highest of expectations regarding uniform – including hairstyles – which have been in place for the last three years.
“These expectations are made very clear in the uniform policy which is shared with parents and students annually, and is also displayed on the website.
“Any student who fails to meet the standard is allowed to go home to rectify the issue, if not they are placed in isolation.
“Out of the 804 students on roll, 801 students regularly meet the expectations consistently, lesson in, lesson out.
“In February 2018, Kingswood Academy was judged to be ‘good’ in all categories and Ofsted commented specifically on how proud students were of their school and their uniform, which they wear with pride.”