Ten-year-old Bradley Hewitt dyed his hair and was subsequently banned from all school trips
Ten-year-old Bradley Hewitt changed the colour of his mousy brown locks after copying the style favoured by his pals.
But his mother Tania, 30, was stunned when she received a letter from the school informing her Bradley's hair-do breached the rules on "extreme hairstyles."
As a result, Bradley has been barred from attending all school excursions, including a rock-climbing trip, swimming club and even a science fair.
Mrs Hewitt, who has two other children, claims Kingsland Academy in Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, is being hypocritical after two girls with red hair have gone unpunished.
Bradley has said he's stopped enjoying going to school which is so unlike him
She even claims one of Bradley's teachers has dyed her hair bright orange.
Nursery worker Mrs Hewitt said: "Last October Bradley asked me if he was allowed to dye his hair.
"Some of his school mates had done the same sort of thing, and he wanted to follow the trend.
"I decided that it would be best to do it in the winter holidays in December, so that in case anything happened to go wrong we could fix it before he got back to school.
"But when he got back to school at the start of this year the school told him off, and told him that he couldn't represent the school and that it was unacceptable.
"Since then he's had to sit with a teacher in a separate classroom while the other children get to go swimming, rock climbing or on school trips.
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"This has really upset me and Bradley is not a naughty child – and he has a 100 per cent attendance record.
Bradley's mother was told he would have to re-dye his hair because the style was too 'outrageous'
"I don't understand why it's okay for some of the other children to dye their hair, but not Bradley. He's a straight A pupil and works very hard.
"A teacher told me that I'd have to convince him that he needed it back, as it's an 'outrageous' hairstyle.
"But it's not outrageous. I wouldn't have done it if he asked me for bright red or blue hair, but it is a natural blond colour. He was even born with bright blonde hair, for heavens sake.
"He asked for it to be white blond, but I said that was too much.
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"I'm not going to dye it back unless Bradley tells me that he wants it changed back, but he hasn't. It's totally up to Bradley.
"He's incredibly strong minded for someone of his age, and thinks he's being treated unfairly.
"He has to change schools in July anyway to go on to high school, and he seems willing to put up with being unfairly punished until then. It's just such an injustice.
"Bradley has said he's stopped enjoying going to school which is so unlike him. He's always loved going to school, and has a real passion for learning.
Bradley's mother Tania said the treatment was not fair because some girls had dyed hair at school
"The science trip which Bradley couldn't go on included two girls who had their hair dyed – one red and the other in an ombre style. It's like there is one rule for girls and another for boys. It isn't fair.
"One of his teachers even has bright orange dyed hair. When I asked her why she was allowed to have her hair dyed and Bradley couldn't, she just said 'because I'm an adult'. What sort of an example is that?"
Bradley's grandmother, Amanda Webber, 49, agrees that the school is being heavy handed.
She said: "I'm disgusted. He's a really good boy – I call him my little professor – and he's so helpful. He loves going to school.
Grandmother Amanda Webber said the school is being heavy-handed and ruining Bradley's experience
"I could understand if his hair was bright blue or red, but it's blond. He's a young lad and he's expressing himself."
Kingsland Academy is a Church of England primary school, with more than 300 pupils.
In its last Ofsted inspection in 2014, it was rated as "requiring improvement".