Churchdown Academy pupil isolated due to haircut

Short back and sides may have made a comeback as the haircut of choice in young boys but the style has landed one youngster in hot water at Churchdown Academy.

Kyle Gibbs expected to be leading the fashion stakes in his class when stepping off the bus with a neatly cropped new haircut.

Instead, the 13-year-old was hauled in front of teachers for flouting strict rules on the length of hair allowed in school.

A phone call home to his dad Colin soon followed. But the school’s decision to force Kyle to complete his studies in isolation until his hair grew back to a respectable length was met with an angry response.

“I asked what he had done wrong and when they said it was his haircut I thought they were joking,” Colin said.

“I was shocked. I cut his hair and he has a neat short back and sides.

 “It is grade 0.5 at the back and longer on top, in an old fashioned style. I couldn’t believe it.

“The school said he would have to stay in isolation, on his own in a classroom from 8am until 5pm until his hair grows back. It is not his hair that is doing his reading and writing for him, it is madness.

“It is not like he has a Mohican or strips shaved into the sides. I can understand that may be a distraction to other pupils in class, but this haircut is neat and tidy.”

Kyle has been told school policy states his hair can’t be any shorter than a grade two.

 It is not the first time keen footballer Kyle has landed himself in trouble for dodging school uniform regulations.

He has been taking part in trials with Birmingham City FC and wore black trainers to school as he had a heel injury that made wearing smart shoes painful. That also attracted a dressing down from teachers.

“I have been into the school to speak with the head teacher,” added Colin, who lives in Elmbridge.

“He said it was school policy and he was backed by the governors.

 “Kyle doesn’t feel comfortable in school and I’m not going to let the teachers dictate my son’s hairstyle.”

Churchdown School Academy was invited to comment on the its uniform policy, but declined.

Head teacher Christopher Belli took over at the school in September.

Mr Belli made national headlines earlier this year after he was offered the job at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic High School in Cardiff.

But his contract was withdrawn by the 1,000 pupil school less than two months after his appointment after the school discovered he was no longer with his wife.

A welcome message by Mr Belli on the school’s website said everyone in the Churchdown community is encouraged to live their life by three values.

These are a relentless focus on high standards, a belief that there are no excuses or barriers to learning or achievement and that pupils should take pride in themselves and to always be considerate of others.