It’s a bad hair day, claims the head...

Kirsty Parker and (below) Vicky Bowden were sent home from Bispham High School beacuse of her dyed hair.
Kirsty Parker and (below) Vicky Bowden were sent home from Bispham High School beacuse of her dyed hair.
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Do you find the hair colour of these schoolgirls offensive?

Teachers at one Blackpool school are standing firm by their rule book – after banning pupils with dyed hair.

Vicky Bowden was sent home from Bispham High School beacuse of her dyed hair.

Vicky Bowden was sent home from Bispham High School beacuse of her dyed hair.

Four pupils were sent home early from Bispham High School on the first day of term after they all returned from the summer holidays with their hair dyed a fashionable red.

But the colour is against school uniform rules.

Parents were told their children would not be accepted back into classes until they had toned down the look.

Deputy headteacher John Topping told The Gazette: “The school rules stipulate only black, brown, blonde or natural red hair is allowed.”

Deanne Bowden, of Bispham, said her daughter Vicky, 15, was very upset at being sent home.

Mrs Bowden said: “I could understand if Vicky’s hair was green or bright pink, but it is chestnut brown.

“It is not really vivid, although in the sunlight there is a red glint.

“She went to school looking very smart, with her hair neat and a new school uniform so I was very angry the school sent her home.

“Vicky is a young carer and helps me look after her dad. She had her hair done as a treat in the holidays.

“She is in her last year at school so it is important she attends lessons, and really, what does her hair colour have to do with her education?”

Jane West, of Fairway, Fleetwood, whose daughter Kirsty, 14, was also sent home, said: “I could not believe it when she was told she could not attend lessons.

“The school rules do not allow outrageous colours but Kirsty’s hair is a reddy-brown. It’s not bright red.

“I am going to dye it back to a brown colour so she can go back to school because I don’t want her to miss her education, but this seems very petty.”

But Mr Topping said all parents were aware of the rules on pupils’ appearance.

He said; “Our pupils have known for over a year that the dying of hair red is not in the school rules and they are not allowed to come to school with dyed red hair.

“On the first day of the autumn term, four pupils were asked to go home and get their hair adjusted.

“They know the school rules and are expected to conform to them. It is very straight-forward.”

He added a new system had been introduced this year whereby pupils are checked as they enter the school grounds to ensure they are abiding by the uniform rules to prevent disruption once classes have begun.

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