Ulverston school girl sent home for 'extreme' hair
Last updated at 08:47, Monday, 09 September 2013
AN angry dad claims his daughter was sent home from an Ulverston school after teachers branded her dip-dyed hair “extreme”.
Steven Vernon said Sophie, 15, had been told to leave Ulverston Victoria High School on the first day of term for breaching its uniform rules.
But the father-of-two, of Oakwood Drive, Ulverston said the year 11 pupil, who received an award for 100 per cent attendance last year, has had the same hairstyle since April.
“It makes no sense to me that she would be sent home to miss out on school in her final year just because the ends of her hair are dyed,” he said.
“It’s not extreme at all. Plus, she has had her hair like this since April and nothing was said about it last year.”
Mr Vernon, whose son was also reprimanded for breaching the school rules on extreme hairstyles last year, explained he feels teenagers have a right to express their individuality.
Miss Vernon said she had only been on school premises for five minutes before being told she would have to leave.
“The thing I’m most disappointed at is that I can’t get my 100 per cent attendance for this year now. It just doesn’t make any sense – if it was fine last year, why have I been sent home now?”
Cases of children being excluded from schools across the country have hit the headlines over the past week as schools enforce a zero tolerance approach to breaches of the school uniform code.
On Thursday, Mr Vernon claimed his daughter was one of 10 children sent home from UVHS by headteacher Denis Fay.
Neither Walney School or St Bernard’s Catholic High School excluded any pupils, with staff claiming all children had dressed appropriately for class.
And Dowdales School headteacher Julie O’Connor said although she was disappointed to have to speak to a handful of students about their dress code, most had complied with the rules.
Mrs O’Connor said: “Whilst it was disappointing to have to speak to a handful of students, less than one per cent of our student body, about their appearance on the first day of term, I would like to say thank-you and well done to the other 99 per cent who always respect and enjoy maintaining the school’s traditions of school uniform and personal appearance.”
UVHS headteacher Mr Fay declined to comment on the issue.
First published at 17:39, Sunday, 08 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Bloody daft,stupid, for a head teacher.
Fashion or style does not stop one being being educated.
Come and stroll round Cambridge and see how some of the best educated young women in the country dress with extreme fashionable hair styles.
In a few years time many of them will be high flyers,that business and professional
Expressionism is a sign of self belief and courage with other hidden attributes.
Don't be a clone in life.
What's the mother doing with the daughter's hair in the photo, weighing it?
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