Girl, 13, with dip-dye ombre hairstyle segregated from classmates

The Mail is reporting that a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl has been pulled out of classes after she paid for a ‘dip-dye’ hairstyle – because teachers have deemed it ‘too extreme’ for school. 

Daisy Kelly has been segregated from other pupils at Tollbar School in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, after dying her hair with a technique called ombre….

However, the teenager was put into isolation last week and segregated from her schoolmates and classes.

Ms Kelly, 45, said: ‘I support the school policy for pupils going into inclusion for bad behaviour and I totally agree with the uniform policy, but for the colour of hair, I do not.

‘If it was bright red or any other colour I would agree but not when it is just a little lighter.

‘I suggested she puts it in a bun so it is all the same colour but that was not acceptable…’

Stephen Moon, Principal of Tollbar Academy, said: ‘This policy is widely published and has not changed. Parents are made aware of our Academy Dress Policy before they accept a place. Parents and students also sign the Home-Academy Agreement, agreeing to support the Academy’s policies when they commence their education at Tollbar…

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  1. SophiaGazelle

    SchoolsImprove 13 is young to be dying her hair. The school are trying to maintain standards.but the mothers bun suggestion seems sensible

  2. little_mavis

    Nor_edu I’d have thought so. And I wouldn’t describe it as “just a little lighter” It looks awfully silly like that.

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove “I support the school’s policies until my child contravenes one & then it’s out of order”. School rules would’ve been clear

  4. Fiona31814

    SchoolsImprove what constitutes ‘extreme’ as far as hair goes is so subjective. Difficult to define in uniform rules.

  5. andylutwyche

    egaliteacher SchoolsImprove Totally different story; what sort of punishment would deter others? They knew the rules and defied them.

  6. andylutwyche

    egaliteacher SchoolsImprove The story you’ve highlighted was an incorrect judgement by the school as they were complicit

  7. egaliteacher

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove agree, was just highlighting a common use of isolation for hair. Is this the only sanction available?

  8. andylutwyche

    egaliteacher SchoolsImprove Detention would be moaned about, temp exclusion far too much. Not much beyond that I fear.

  9. egaliteacher

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Maybe schools need to rethink their sanctions if they have so few options. Maybe call the parents in?

  10. andylutwyche

    egaliteacher SchoolsImprove Agreed but media and politicians actively encourage parents to argue so a firm line the only available option

  11. Mktadvice4schls

    andylutwyche egaliteacher SchoolsImprove always feel isolation is punishment for teachers who are expected to catch up learning later

  12. DiLeed

    Nor_edu miss_mcinerney Oh god. Hair. My d’s friend was out of lessons for a day because her scarf was ‘wrong’. I got an outraged text

  13. nancygedge

    Nor_edu DiLeed ms_peaceweaver miss_mcinerney worse. Much worse. Think gloss. (No, don’t think glass, just think yuck.)

  14. DiLeed

    Nor_edu nancygedge ms_peaceweaver miss_mcinerney We are all struggling here except Nancy. Where is Jackie when you need it?

  15. DiLeed

    nancygedge ms_peaceweaver Nor_edu miss_mcinerney Ears are OK. I wasn’t asked about the top four mind you. She did them herself

  16. ms_peaceweaver

    nancygedge DiLeed Nor_edu miss_mcinerney my church warns against more than one ear piercing which almost persuades me to get more

  17. DiLeed

    ms_peaceweaver nancygedge Nor_edu miss_mcinerney My d has two officials in each ear and a whole load of self created add ons.

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