Mum sees red over school hair dye rule

By Connie Osborne Friday 21 December 2012 Updated: 21/12 10:09

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A MOTHER has hit out at a school after staff threatened to put her daughter in isolation for her hair colour.

Hairdresser Stacey Edwards said she was ‘utterly shocked’ when her daughter Debannie was told she would be removed from lessons and have to sit in isolation if she did not dye over her red hair.

The 14-year-old pupil, who attends RSA Arrow Vale Academy and has been tipped to get into top universities, had dyed her hair the same colour in previous months but was not told it would be unacceptable for school.

Her mum said: “She has had the same colour for months now but we hadn’t re-done for it a while. It can look a little bright at first but it’s no different to what she’d usually have.

“Her form tutor and another teacher said it was fine but now the head of her year said if it hasn’t gone she will sit in isolation.

“It’s not really bright, there are girls at that school with unnatural hair colours, who wear nail polish, who wear make-up and that’s allowed.

“She is a really smart girl who never has time off school and she is constantly praised for her good work. I don’t see why she should be put in a room away from everyone else and her work could suffer when she has done nothing different.”

The Church Hill resident added she asked her friends if they thought the colour was too bright for school but everyone she had spoken to said it was fine.

“As I’m a hairdresser I thought maybe I had got it wrong, but everyone couldn’t believe it. Friends even said they know girls with much brighter hair who go to the same school.

“It’s not pink or blue or green, it’s a normal hair colour. Why is it one rule for her and other pupils can do as they please? “

Guy Shears, principle of RSA Academy Arrow Vale, said the school had a clear policy and guidelines about student uniform and appearance.

“We work hard with our families to ensure our students meet our high expectations. We are always happy to discuss any individual concerns with our parents as they arise,” he added.

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