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UPDATE - school allows boy growing hair for cancer charity back in after sending him home to get it cut

Victoria Leedham and son Harley, 11. EMN-150925-093506001
Victoria Leedham and son Harley, 11. EMN-150925-093506001

A school which sent home a boy growing his hair for charity ordering him to get it cut or risk exclusion has allowed him back in.

The dramatic U-turn comes after The Standard broke the story this morning (Friday) of 11-year-old Harley Leetham being sent home from St George’s Academy in Sleaford because his hair was too long, there has been uproar on social media and even the national press have picked up on the dispute.

We have a uniform policy which is overwhelmingly supported by parents.
Wayne Birks - principal of St George’s Academy

Young Harley, who only started at the school in September was ordered to cut his hair on Wednesday to conform with school uniform policy or face exclusion, but his parents were adamant they would fight it claiming it is gender discrimination and sexism, especially as Harley was only growing his hair to then cut it off and donate to the Little Princess Foundation to be turned into a wig for cancer sufferers undergoing treatment.

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