A school boy who risked losing his place at a grammar school unless he chopped of his long locks has been allowed to keep it – in a ‘man bun’.
Alfie Howard-Hughes, eleven, whose hair measure 27 inches in length, was left fuming after Colchester Royal Grammar School, in Essex said his locks go against its code of conduct policy.
The policy says boys’ hair must be no longer than collar length in order to look smart.
But now head-strong Alfie, who hopes to be a quantum physicist, has successfully come to an agreement with the school over his hair.
His Mum Katy Cox, 33, said: “Alfie has kept his hair.
“After putting in a formal complaint we met with the school governors and the head.
“Although they didn’t want to change their policy they did agree to make an exception for Alfie and would interpret their policy differently.”
Alfie, who was accepted into Colchestr Royal Grammar School after passing his 11+ exams, wanted to challenge the rules for other boys with longer hair.
He said: “It’s never been a thing in my mind it has always been there. My hair is a part of me.
“I don’t just want to do it so I can keep my hair but I want to do it for other boys who have long hair.”
Alfie’s parents, Gary Howard and Katy Cox, considered legal action having tried to talk the school around.
Alfie even wrote a letter to the grammar school’s headteacher John Russell to challenge the policy.
And now as long as Alfie’s hair is kept off his collar, he will be able to keep it long.
Mum Katy said: “The wording on the policy states hair must be worn above the collar so he has to wear it in a bun so it is neat and above his collar.
“He’s been practising and it is getting neater every time.
“Hopefully that’s the end of it unless they do decide to update their policy so it would include any student, but we got the result we wanted for Alfie so we’re happy for him.”
Alfie did his exams in September and he received his glowing results in November before his place in the school was confirmed in March this year.
The schoolboy said: “When my dad got the letter, he picked me up from school and I saw it and just starting crying. We were stood there crying with happiness.”
The family had contacted the Child Law Advice Service as a last resort.
A previous letter from Mr Russell said he appreciated Alfie’s passion but stood by the policy.
It said: “The fundamental reason for the school having specific standards on dress and personal appearance is to prepare students for a successful educational and personal career.
“My senior leadership team and I regularly review the code of conduct in light of any representations from students.”