Mother’s fury after daughter put in isolation by school because of her hair

A mother has been left outraged after her daughter was put in isolation for an entire school day – for dyeing her hair blue.

Ellie Webb, 13, turned up to class with her hair in a new blue-black shade – but the school authorities didn't like her new style.

Staff at Fowey River Academy in Cornwall put the young girl in isolation as a punishment and was told she would remain there until her hair changed back.

Her mother Sue decided to keep Ellie home from school that week and has now spoken out about her anger over the decision.

She said: "She coloured her hair a blue black shade over the weekend and on Monday was placed in isolation all day with no breaks and unattended.

"She was only allowed a toilet break.

"There was no one on hand to support her or help her with school work, so she wasn't able to do her science work. She was very upset when she got home."

Sue received a voicemail message from the school stating she would remain in isolation until her hair was changed.

Sue added: "I wrote an email to the Year nine head, and had no correspondence back.

"She was kept home again and I left a voicemail with them stating I want to know how we move forward."

Sue said today she has finally received a response from the school and her daughter had returned to lessons – but she would be meeting them to discuss the situation.

Sue says the situation was doubly hard for Ellie as she is very introverted, which the school is aware of.

Sue added: "She's a teenager who has been confused about her identity and hides herself away under baggy clothes, big glasses, hats and hoodies.

"Ellie's now figuring out who she is and wants to be; her hair colour made her beam with confidence and I do not see how it affects her learning at all.

"She is the perfect student in every way, a very intelligent, caring, hard-working girl who dresses well and works hard, with perfect attendance.

"I am upset with the school for making my daughter feel so low once again. I think it's very shallow-minded."

Sue said she was aware the school had a uniform policy but stressed that Ellie always dressed well and had her newly dyed hair tied back in a ponytail.

"She does not have fake nails or piercings," she said.

"In fact, she asked for a nose piercing but I said no.

"Yes, her hair's a bit grungy but it doesn't affect the way she learns. I'm just completely baffled by it as are a lot of people."

Sara Davey, CEO/Executive Principal of Leading Edge Academies Partnership on behalf of Fowey River Academy, said: "This is an internal school matter which has now been sorted. The student concerned has returned to school and is back in normal lessons.

"Parents have been consulted and will be coming into school for a further meeting tomorrow.

"Fowey River Academy's uniform rules are similar to that of almost all other schools in Cornwall and can be seen on the school website."

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