A mother has reacted with fury after her 12-year-old son was banned from classes – for going to school with a ‘skin fade’ haircut deemed by teachers as “too short”.
Andrea Kerr has pulled her son, Robbie, out of school after teachers put him in isolation because his short back and sides style was not policy.
The furious mum claims the lad was “treated like a prisoner” as he was not allowed to go to break or drink anything other than water while he isolated.
Rules at Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle, Cumbria, state boys hair should be shaved no shorter than a grade two.
Andrea received a text from the school telling her Robbie had been placed in isolation due to an “unsuitable haircut”.
But she insists her son’s grade 0.5 style – which fades into a longer length higher up his head – makes him look smart and tidy.
She said: “The school say it can’t be any lower than a grade two, but to me that’s long hair growing around their ears and they look scruffy.
“I have three boys and I’ve never let any of them have long hair because I think it looks untidy.
“Two teachers said his hair was too short. I got a text from the school saying Robbie had been referred to internal exclusion for an unsuitable haircut.
“The school said he would have to stay in internal exclusion until it grows back, that could be weeks.
“I think it is outrageous. How does a haircut affect his learning?
“I was mad, because I paid for that haircut, it feels like he was being punished for something I did.
“He’s always on time for school, he never misses school, his white shirts are always clean and he’s tidy.”
Andrea has now taken Robbie out of the school because she believes he will be put isolation every time he gets it cut.
She added: “In isolation, they can’t go to break, they can’t eat in the canteen at dinner time, a teacher had to go to get his food, and they can’t drink juice, he was only allowed water.
“It’s like being in a prison – and I’m not having that every time he gets his hair cut.”
Andrea is currently waiting for Cumbria County Council to approve a new school for Robbie and has asked for work to be sent home so he does not miss out any education.
She added: “He had a combover style last year and school never said anything then.
“He let his hair grow out over the summer holidays so he could have it cut into this style as it’s popular at the minute.
“He’s into all the trendy fashion and he’s at an age where he is going out with his mates and fancying girls. He has to look the part and he’s being punished for it.
“He went back to school at the beginning of September with this cut and they never said anything.
“He had it cut again the same way last week and suddenly he’s in isolation.
“I could understand if it was a skinhead all over, but it isn’t. His hair is so long on top you can get a bobble in it.”
A spokesman for the academy said: “At Central Academy we are clear about our high expectations for students, whether that is in their attitudes towards learning or their behaviour and dress.
“This academic year, we introduced a new behaviour and uniform policy which has been widely communicated to students and their families and which the vast majority have supported.
“Where students do not adhere to our policy, they are briefly withdrawn from mainstream lessons in order to maintain the highest standards of learning across the rest of the academy.
“However, no student is ever excluded because of this.”