An 8-year-old boy was reportedly banned from his school’s Christmas play because his haircut was too ‘extreme’.
Khai Okojie stayed in class at Ellenbrook Community Primary in Salford, Manchester, while his friends sang carols at a nearby church.
Subsequently, Khai’s parents are making a formal complaint to the school. His mother, Jo, a teacher at a primary school in Bury, said: ‘The school has no Christmas spirit at all. It is so cruel.
‘Khai had been practising his singing at home and was really looking forward to the concert. He was excited too, as I was able to attend for the first time’ she said.
It’s reported that Khai’s dad recently took him for a haircut, the result of which is not extreme, according to Jo. Khai’s haircut is curly on top and short at the back.
‘The school called me to say he could not go to the concert. I explained that I had been looking forward to seeing him in the concert and it was unfair to punish me too’, Jo said.
Adding that a boy in the same class as Khai has ‘a very similar haircut’, Jo said the school’s move is very very harsh.
‘The school where I teach is far more easy-going about this kind of thing and he would never have been banned.
The school, in Longwell Avenue, has recently achieved a grading of ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Regarding haircuts and appearance, the school’s website says: ‘Any styles which cause a potential health and safety issue will not be allowed nor will any style/accessory which is not formal school wear or causes a child to be the subject of embarrassment, teasing or argument.
Amongst other restrictions, the site says: ‘Children should not have their hair cut in any extreme styles, e.g. too short, (less than a number 3 – approximately 1/2 inch or 1cm- anywhere)’.
Chair of governors Suzanne Charlesworth said: ‘The school has a very clear dress and appearance code.’