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My son attends a state school and is in year 9. Since the

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My son attends a state school and is in year 9. Since the age of 9 my son has had the same hair style derived from the David Beckham era, a blonde streak from front to back. He is impeccably dresses (uniform) and always of good polite behaviour and a no trouble of any kind. His school are trying to implement a No Hair colour policy and have now decided to place my son in isolation due to his hair colour. Are they within the law to isolate my son and deprive him from his education of not?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question . My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

I am sorry for the delay you have experienced.

I am also sorry that I cannot give you good news. The school are perfectly free to demand children comply who the uniform which does include hair colouring and styles as they are a part of presentation

If children do not comply they are entitled to exclude permanently in extreme cases. That is rare. Most commonly they will just send pupils home until they do comply. Isolation is actually a fairly soft policy comparably.

You can comply to the local authority but it would be likely to be decided in your favour I'm afraid.

I am very sorry.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.





Many thanks for your response, can you please advise me, should this matter go further and my child be permanently excluded from school, what is the legal requirement for him to be home tutored i.e. hours etc or Am I within my rights to remove him from the school myself and give him the legal required home tutoring?


Kind Regards


Julia Robinson


Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
No you are not I'm afraid. That would be an offence. It is for him to attend and comply.

They do not have to provide home tuition if he does not.

I am sorry but the onus is upon him to comply with uniform