A teenage boy is at the centre of a dispute over school discipline and achievement after he was taken out of class for having a banned hairstyle.
Kaine Marren, 13, is being taught on his own at his Shepherd’s Bush school after coming in with what his mother describes as a “Mohican” cut.
Burlington Danes academy – once described as a “war zone” but now one of the most improved schools in London – believes every pupil must follow the uniform and hairstyle rules to show respect and keep up standards.
But Kaine’s mother Annie is now in dispute with the school and said her son should be able to express himself.
Staff at the school, which has been praised by Education Secretary Michael Gove, have offered to pay for her son to have a haircut. Burlington Danes, which sent a pupil to speak at this year’s Conservative party conference, said children are not allowed to have shapes or patterns shaved into their hair.