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A-level student banned from Cumbrian school - after dyeing her hair

A teenager with bright red hair has been told she can no longer attend school until she goes back to brunette.

Emilie Jane Slater photo
Emilie Jane Slater

Emilie Jane Slater, 18, a sixth form student at Millom School, said she has had her hair the same colour since October last year.

Now, during her A-Levels, Miss Slater has been told she is banned from all lessons until she changes her appearance.

Miss Slater was informed of the action being taken last Friday during a break in her full day art exam.

She said: “I’ve had my hair like this since last year and now I’ve suddenly been told I won’t be allowed on school grounds until I get it changed.

“You would have thought it would have been more important to have us learning.

“This last year I have improved so much with attendance and grades. I’ve even got an offer from the University of Central Lancashire. It feels like all that work has been thrown back in my face.”

Miss Slater’s mother Helen Slater has been in contact with head of school Simon Laheney to discuss the matter.

She said: “When she came home on Friday she was in floods of tears. She really doesn’t need this now at a time she should be worrying about exams.

Mr Laheney, however, feels that he is merely doing his job of enforcing the school rules.

He said: “It is the duty of the governing body to set out expectations on acceptable standards for uniform, dress and appearance in accordance with the tone and ethos for the school. Part of my role as head is to ensure that these standards and expectations are met.

“One of the standards students agree to is to uphold the dress code and they are therefore expected to present themselves in school smartly and modestly.”

Mr Laheney said he did not initially take action because he was under the impression action had been taken and Miss Slater was growing her hair out.

He continued: “The timing is clearly not ideal, but, after she dyed her hair again at the end of March, it could not go unchallenged.”

Miss Slater is allowed to enter school grounds for exams but not lessons. Her absence is regarded as unauthorised.

Have your say

I think it's time we got over this.

The black and white of it is that the Teachers and The Government run the schools not teenagers.

Once we start allowing these kids to break the rules then we might as well close all the schools.

Posted by Brian on 11 April 2014 at 12:23

Very well done in your checking out the internet. The internet is only good with names given the correct search parameters. The suggestion hear is that this student is an embarrassment to the school, when in fact she is a credit, now willing to attend school with the intention of achieving. BUT now disadvantaged by the school, how is she going to get the help and advice from teachers if she is not allowed to got to school? We are talking about a young woman here not a 5 year old.
As I have already posted a link earlier than yours it clearly high lights a flaw with this type of thinking.[rel-1853992551]/11/

From the link above it is clear that it appears that Emily has taken part in raising money some £1000 for charity, for a non-uniform day, yet this GOOD act has no names to go with it.
`Punishment` has a much greater effect when it is instant (if correctly applied). This should have been dealt with in October last year not now, the school bears blame here too as the above link is November last year some weeks after.

Posted by edd on 11 April 2014 at 09:35

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