A furious mum has vowed to keep her daughter from school unless teachers back down over the girl’s new purple hair.
Eva Herbert, 14, sparked a row when she returned to school for the new term with brightly-dyed hair.
Teachers told her to dye it back to a natural shade or face lessons in isolation until the issue was resolved.
Orchard Mead, an academy in Leicester, restricts pupils to styles suited to a ‘professional business environment’.
As a result, Eva’s mum Claire has pulled her daughter out of school and said she will stay home until the isolation threat is dropped.
Claire, who runs a salon, said: ‘I’m furious about this. Eva has always had different hair colours.
‘Before the summer holidays it was green and nobody at the school had a problem with it.
‘Her hair is actually more plum than purple and it is neat and tidy in a ponytail.
‘Her uniform is always smart but now it’s an academy they’ve got this new posh uniform policy.
‘Having your hair coloured can make you feel more confident but it will not affect your behaviour.
‘Merit, character, work ethic, drive, and values should be the focus of the education system, not appearance.’
Claire said her daughter has been doing maths work online while at home.
She hoped Eva would be let into class while the matter is resolved and that the teen’s hair would fade to its natural brown colour in just a few weeks.
In a letter to Claire, assistant principal Katie Lowe said Orchard Mead’s ‘Dressed for Success’ uniform policy barred students from ‘extreme hair styles or colours which would be deemed unacceptable in a professional business environment’.
She added: ‘The academy reserves the right to decide what is deemed acceptable in the case of all uniform requirements.
‘Eva’s current hair falls short of those expectations and we would like to work together with Eva and her parents to remedy this.’