A mum has removed her son, 4, from school after he hacked off a two-inch strip of his hair while alone in the toilets with a pair of scissors.
Outraged Mollie Thomas claims it’s the fifth time her son has been able to cut his hair at school since starting in September.
She has reported Thorpepark Academy, in Orchard Park, Hull to Ofsted for ‘safeguarding’, suggesting he could have injured himself or another child.
The furious mother says she got a call from the head teacher telling her to ‘brace herself’ for her son’s appearance – but says no one at the school has apologised.
Speaking about the incident, she said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. When I collected him his teacher was there with the head teacher, and I looked at his teacher and said “are you going to tell her (the head) how many times he’s been left unattended to cut his own hair?”
‘They said they’d asked the other children what had happened. But they’re all four and five. They told me he must have taken the scissors into the toilet. But they could have gone through his throat or he could have hurt another child.’
The little boy has since had his head shaved, with distraught Mollie ‘nearly crying’ when she saw him.
Thorpepark Academy’s ethos is based around independent play, but Mollie says the scissors used are advertised with the warning: ‘Children under the age of 10 must be supervised while using’.
She says she asked teachers to not leave her son unsupervised with scissors following the first two times he cut his hair – but alleges they are ‘not taking the situation seriously’.
Mollie said: ‘We’ve had issues in the past. I said he should not have scissors and they said that’s not independent learning. I said that’s fine, but he’s still not having scissors”.
‘They are not taking it very seriously and didn’t apologise for the state of him when I collected him.
‘If I sent him into school with his hair cut off like that, they’d have been asking me about it and if I said he was unsupervised with scissors they’d have been reporting me to safeguarding.’
The school, which is part of the Venn Academy Trust, says on its website that Foundation age children learn through play, adding: ‘They are given the space to explore and discover, to take risks and make mistakes within a safe and secure environment.’
In a statement, Thorpepark Academy said they contacted the child’s mum to ‘share concerns’ after the hair-cutting incident.
They added: ‘We are sorry about this and understand that this has been distressing for the family and pupil concerned.
‘Like almost all schools, nurseries and reception classes we have a wide range of resources available for pupils to use. We routinely teach pupils how to use resources, including scissors, safely. All scissors are suitable for the age of pupils.
‘We spoke to all our reception aged pupils and reminded them about the safe use of scissors.
‘We spoke about who should cut their hair and who should not, emphasising that it is usually only hairdressers, barbers or adults who should be doing this.’
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