AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Sheffield pupil with Mohican-style hair has been told he will be taught alone unless he has it changed.
Corbin Castledine must spend break and lunchtimes on his own, cannot join after-school football and play sessions and even has to use a different entrance to his friends because of a new policy on ‘extreme hairstyles’ at Parson Cross CE Primary School in Wadsley Bridge.
His mother, Carmen, a social worker of Parson Cross Road, Wadsley Bridge, said Corbin had been going to school with his Mohican-style cut for two years without problems.
“It’s not a punk style, it reflects his mixed race heritage and his hair is part of who he is,” she said.
“Corbin feels strongly about this and so do I. It is about his individuality and helps his confidence and self-esteem.
“I also feel there are gender issues in play here. Girls can have hair extensions, streaks and all manner of styles whereas the boys can basically only have short or long.”
Headteacher Helen Richardson said: “It is utterly regrettable that this pupil has been withdrawn from school in this way. Despite our best efforts, which have included mediation, to reach an amicable resolution on this matter, sadly the parent has refused to come to any compromise.
“We have had numerous meetings since the start of term with this pupil’s mother to try to resolve this issue without it impacting on the child’s education, which we feel is paramount.
“But despite asking her repeatedly to change her child’s hairstyle and informing her of the consequences if she did not, she refused to do so.
“This left us no alternative but to educate her son out of the classroom. A continued serious and flagrant breach of school policy can ultimately result in exclusion, a step that was not taken.”
The school’s stance had been approved by the governing body and the diocese and complied with national guidelines.