Mum fumes as son excluded by school over too short haircut hes had for years

A mum has been left outraged after her son was suddenly "kicked out" of school after his hairstyle was allegedly deemed unsuitable under new rules.

Mother Charlotte Carruthers, 35, said her son Tyrelle Richards, 15, was excluded from Ellis Guildford School in Basford, Nottingham because his hair was too short, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

The style, which she claims Tyrelle has had since he first joined the school, consists of his hair plaited and shaved at the sides.

Ms Carruthers said her son was excluded on September 6 and she was told that he cannot come back to school until his hair grew or he took the plaits out.

But the mum said that both herself and other parents were not made aware of the new school rules until Tyrelle was suspended.

Ms Carruthers said: "He's always had the same hair cut, ever since he joined the school in Year 7.

"Other students have similar hairstyles and nothing has happened to them, it feels like it's just against my child.

"I have no idea why they've done it. It makes no sense to me.

"How can a hairstyle stop a child from learning? To me whether you've got dreadlocks, wearing a turban or are bald how does any of it affect your ability to learn at school? That shouldn't affect anything in my eyes.

"They didn't give a reason other than it was new school rules on hairstyles, but I'm not aware of any new rules.".

She added: "I've said he isn't taking his plaits out because that's a hairstyle, because he has curly afro hair if he takes them out it'll look even shorter anyway.

"It's bizarre, it's really baffled me and angered me as well."

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Ms Carruthers said that the school told her they were going to call her on September 7 and that she had contacted the school's head teacher.

The mum-of-three said that the incident has made her 15-year-old son want to move schools in his most crucial year.

She added: "He missed out on Year 10 because of Covid and now he's been kicked out because of a hairstyle.

"During his most important year as well, it makes no sense.

"He's just said he wants to move school because he feels like he shouldn't have to change his hair to be able to come to school, and I totally agree.

"He's upset, I know that. His friends have even gone on social media and posted a picture asking why this happened."

Ellis Guildford School declined to comment.

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