A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy has missed out on being included in his first school photographs after a headteacher ruled his haircut was “extreme”.
Little Delaney Templeton had been chatting excitedly to his mum, Julieann Yates, on his way to nursery on Wednesday about having his picture taken with his classmates.
However, when Julieann, 28, arrived to collect him from Southwick Community Primary School later that day, Delaney told her he had not been allowed to have his picture taken like the other youngsters.
“I was absolutely furious,” Julieann said. “I was really, really mad.
“We were really looking forward to having his picture taken with the other children, and he was talking about it on the way to nursery that morning.
“It would have been his first ever school photos. I was very, very upset and angry.”
Stay-at-home mum Julieann immediately went to see headteacher Patricia Stoker to complain, and was told Delaney’s hair was too short.
“Most of the school had their photos taken,” said Julieann, who lives in Marley Pots.
“My son was refused because of his hairstyle. He has had the exact same hairstyle since he started nursery in September, and the school has never said it was inappropriate.
“He was the only one in his year who was excluded, but there were a lot of children in the school, with comb overs, who had their photos taken.”
Disappointed Delaney has been left upset and he and his family have been denied his first ever set of photographs, they had so been looking forward too.
“He is only three, but he is quite bright for his age,” Julieann added.
“He did realise that other people got theirs done and he didn’t and he has been talking about it to me and his dad.”
Headteacher Mrs Stoker said: “Every family with a child at our school receives a home school agreement, which includes the school uniform policy and extreme haircuts.
“Also letters are regularly sent out to remind parents of the school rules on extreme haircuts.
“That agreement, drawn up and agreed by staff and parents/carers at our school is there to help maintain levels of attainment, behaviour and discipline and improve standards.
“For a number of years, we have taken the time and trouble to arrange a photographer to come into school to take pictures of children on behalf of their families without any problems.
“We are all disappointed that this year a handful of parents who chose to ignore the home school agreement policies and rules, should deliberately disrupt those arrangements for everyone else.
“The vast majority of parents/carers of 370 pupils at our school respected the school uniform policy and will receive their photographs.”