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Student Support & Welfare - Student hairstyles

posted Apr 7, 2016, 12:05 AM by J Grant   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 11:49 PM ]
Dear Parent/Carer

We have high standards and expectations regarding our students uniform and thank you for your support with this. It has become apparent that a small minority of students have chosen to have inappropriate hairstyles with bright coloured extensions or hair dye.

I apologise to the vast majority of parents who might wonder why we are sending yet another reminder. Unfortunately, every term we return to find that a very, very small number of students have chosen to have inappropriate hairstyles or colours over the school holiday period.

We have been very clear about what is acceptable at Holyhead and what isn’t. This is done via letters to parents, through the school passport and through regular assemblies. Guidance is also posted on our school website in our uniform policy. We endeavour to be as reasonable as we can with regards to what is and is not acceptable, whilst still allowing students to have some individuality. Hair must be one, natural colour.

I understand that some parents may ask how a haircut/hairstyle can impact on learning. Our response to this is clear: having ‘rules’ makes life easier for everyone and it creates a safer environment. Avoiding extremes of hairstyle means that all students look smart and professional and this impacts on the reputation of the school and the students. If our school reputation is good, students are more likely to get college or work placements in future. Having rules means that boundaries are in place and it teaches students that life and work involves boundaries for all of us. Over 95% of our school population will not be affected in any way by this.

On Monday 22nd February 2016,​ when students return to school after the half term break, any students who do not adhere to the rules will remain off timetable until their hairstyle/colour meets our school policy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries in respect of the above arrangements and thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

A McLean
Vice Principal: Student Support & Welfare