A grandmother was horrified when she found out that her 12-year-old grandson had been put into isolation and faced detention after teachers said his new haircut was too short and against school policy.
Jayden Barratt got his hair cut on September 2 and had his first day in Year 8 at Our Lady’s Catholic College in Lancaster on September 8.
His nan, Judith Mcgonnell claims that a teacher pulled Jayden Barratt and four other students from his year off the campus while he was looking for a class.
Judith, 58 claims that two teachers gathered them and looked at their haircuts before determining that Jayden was too short. He was then sent to isolation with seven older boys.
The isolation room contains cubicles where children sit at desks on their own and complete all their work, finishing at four o’clock instead of the usual school’s-out time of three.
A teacher phoned Judith – with whom Jayden lives – at around 10:30am to explain what had happened where the angry gran then told them to send the young lad home.
Jayden’s father went to school that day to inform them that the family was looking for a new educational institution.
Judith said: “The member of staff on the phone said it was an extreme haircut. They are there to educate him not judge his hair.
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“He hates having his hair cut but agreed to have it done so he could be smarter for school.
“Although I can understand why it is bright pink, there is nothing wrong with Jayden’s hair. It’s a common haircut for eight of 10 boys.
“He’s just a young lad with a smart new haircut who looks lovely, and it’s like they’re punishing him for it. I can’t get my head around it.
“We’re in the process of an application for a diagnosis for Jayden, and the school have been supporting him as a child with Asperger’s for the last year.
“Putting a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s in isolation for a lovely smart hair cut is absolutely shocking.
“He was probably only isolated for 20 minutes because I wouldn’t stand for it.
“If they stick to this ridiculous policy, I’ll have to find him a place in another school. I’m really shocked.”
Helen Seddon (Headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic College) stated that “Our Lady’s has a uniform policy covering hair style and we do use it.”
“This policy has not changed and is on our website and in the pupils’ planner.
“If a pupil’s hair cut is shorter than our expectations, they spend two days in our internal exclusion unit where pupils are able to complete their schoolwork with a member of staff present to support them.
“We do make reasonable adjustments for pupils with additional educational needs and feel we have done so in this case.
“Jayden’s family has decided to keep Jayden at home. While we aren’t stopping Jayden from attending school for his education, we encourage them to ensure he goes back to school.