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OliviaCarts Thu 30-Jan-20 19:15:12

My son is 11 years old and leans towards a creative/self-expressive personality. He has his heart set on colouring his hair. Does anyone know of any London schools, preferably in the south west, that are open to students colouring their hair in unnatural colours? It is a deciding factor in our choice for him.

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Reginabambina Thu 30-Jan-20 19:16:25

are you serious?

TitianaTitsling Thu 30-Jan-20 19:16:31

Really?! That's the deciding factor? If they let him dye his hair?

TitianaTitsling Thu 30-Jan-20 19:18:18

Sorry but these days colouring your hair is not really an indicator of individuality or 'creativeness' would looking for an excellent arts programme not be better?

Lowhum Thu 30-Jan-20 19:20:11


measelsmumpsandweasels Thu 30-Jan-20 19:21:06

King Alfreds? Bedales?

HandsOffMyLangCleg Thu 30-Jan-20 19:22:37

Blue and pink hair is ten a penny now, quite mainstream.

Agree that individuality and creativity is about more than rainbow hair dye.

nocluewhattodoo Thu 30-Jan-20 19:23:50

God help your son if the ability to dye his hair is the deciding factor in choosing his secondary education.

iklboo Thu 30-Jan-20 19:24:39

'School is OFSTED failing and only 1% of students obtain GCSEs at A*- C, but we're cool with your kid dying his hair magenta'.

Can he colour it during the holidays with a temporary wash instead?

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LauraPalmersBodybag Thu 30-Jan-20 19:25:54

Oh lol

Incidentally, I was that kid. And I value children being able to express themselves, but to base an educational search around that? I hope there are actually plenty of other things you’d concern yourself with too.

Soontobe60 Thu 30-Jan-20 19:29:41

Bloody hell, you're really going to choose your DS school based on this? You do realise that they could get a new Headteacher between your DS getting a place and him actually starting, where the rules and ethos in completely changed?
Is your DS only intending get a job where he's allowed to dye his hair any colour he chooses?

poseysbobblehat Thu 30-Jan-20 19:30:39

This can't be real !!

TomeOfSomething Thu 30-Jan-20 19:31:43

I call joke!!

TomeOfSomething Thu 30-Jan-20 19:32:03

As if anyone would be this stupid

OliviaCarts Thu 30-Jan-20 19:32:54

I don't believe I asked for a personal opinion, but feel free to rant and rave if it makes you feel better!
Thank you to @measelsmumpsandweasels for a starting point. Have briefly checked out your suggestions and it is along the lines we are looking for. Open to private and state.

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BendingSpoons Thu 30-Jan-20 19:57:26

It won't be particularly helpful having state schools listed. You won't get in to them if you don't live near. Also policies change especially if heads change. Do you want to travel miles to a school and then it might change anyway.

Ginger1982 Thu 30-Jan-20 20:01:01

"It is a deciding factor in our choice for him."

Is there a specific reason for this? Does he have some sort of condition that he needs to be allowed to express himself in this way?

measelsmumpsandweasels Thu 30-Jan-20 21:50:37

One More thought is St Christopher's. I don't know their policy on hair dye but they are very into allowing individual expression.

TomeOfSomething Thu 30-Jan-20 21:51:55

I don't believe I asked for a personal opinion, but feel free to rant and rave if it makes you feel better!

Well the thing is, @OliviaCarts, most people choose a school based on more than if the pupils are allowed to dye their hair weird colours. Most people look at the outcomes of the schools, and their academic achievement, this is why a lot of people are surprised that that's your priority

clary Thu 30-Jan-20 21:54:40

If he's 11 you need to have applied to schools by now, whether private or state.

Like others, I am somewhat aghast that this would be a key factor in your choice of school. FWIW, Most schools I know or have worked in will let you dye your hair, only in natural colours tho.

elenacampana Thu 30-Jan-20 21:55:20

Must be a joke post!

CountessDracula Fri 31-Jan-20 10:51:56


OliviaCarts Fri 31-Jan-20 13:10:21

Thank you @CountessDracula, appreciate your suggestion.

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Malmontar Fri 31-Jan-20 13:36:27

Highgate wood definantely let them. I'm assuming the colouring hair part is just a small indication of the ethos you're after. In which case I would avoid academies and look for states in a leafy creative area and or the privates already mentioned.

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