Teenager Sian Thorley has been sent home from school – after refusing to change her dyed pink hair.
Staff at Sheffield Springs Academy on the Arbourthorne estate in Sheffield said her hair colour breaches the school’s strict uniform policy, which includes physical appearance as well as clothing.
The 14-year-old from Hillsborough had previously been given a warning about the colour of her hair.
Sian’s mum Wendy claims her daughter is simply ‘expressing herself as a teenager’ – and her hair colour has no bearing on the quality of her schoolwork.
But a spokesman for Springs Academy said: “While not commenting on individual cases, the academy operates a strict uniform policy which includes physical appearance.
“There is a measured scale of sanctions against breaches of the policy, which is there for the benefit of all concerned.”
Wendy, from Cuthbert Bank Road, said the rules had been applied inconsistently.
“Before Sian dyed her hair pink a few months ago she had it coloured blue - and nothing was said about that,” she said.
“She’s not the only one with coloured hair but she was given a warning three or four weeks ago that she had to dye it back to her natural light brown.
“But her hairdresser warned us that if she dyed her hair again so soon it could turn green.
“The advice was to let it naturally fade and change back to its natural colour.”
Wendy said after experiencing some previous problems at school, Sian had been doing well and had been awarded certificates for her work.
“It’s not as if her hair colour is affecting her learning - why does it matter so much?” said Wendy.
“Experimenting like this is part of a teenager’s self-expression - when they are in uniform it’s the only bit of individuality they have.
“And Sian’s colour is already fading – it’s nowhere near as pink as it was.”