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New school row over boy's hair

PUBLISHED: 07:14 17 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

The ongoing row between parents and staff at a Wisbech school, over pupils dressing to support the England team was ignited again yesterday after a boy was sent home for having his hair coloured red and white.

The ongoing row between parents and staff at a Wisbech school, over pupils dressing to support the England team was ignited again yesterday after a boy was sent home for having his hair coloured red and white.

Some parents and headteacher Jacqueline Carpenter have been at a stand-off after pupils were sent home wearing England football tops on Thursday despite there not being a compulsory uniform policy.

Ten pupils at the Orchards Primary School in Wisbech were sent home after they turned up wearing England football tops.

Some pupils had also been sent home earlier in the week for wearing the England top.

Among those on Thursday was Arron Powley, 10, from Wisbech, who returned to school yesterday with the word England shaved into his hair along with the cross which was coloured in red.

His father, Colin Tyrrell, said: “The school has not sent us any letters saying what is allowed and what isn't. And there is not a school uniform policy; before the children were always allowed to wear football tops.

“We had Arron's hair shaved for the England game, and we had not heard anything saying this was not allowed. When I took him to school the headteacher said it was not appropriate and had to be washed out or he would be suspended.

“I'm not happy that my son is being kept away from having an education. All the children are doing is showing their support for the team.”

A spokesman for Orchards Primary School said: “Arron Powley has not been suspended. The headteacher invited his parents to discuss the matter with her when they brought him to school, but they refused.

“They then took Arron home with them. His absence from school has therefore been recorded as unauthorised.”

The school also told parents that football tops were not appropriate because of the nylon material during the hot weather.

Parents were asked to change the children into more appropriate tops.

The school is insisting it is fully behind the World Cup and will be holding some events next week in support of it.


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