Charity girl barred after defying school

Chloe Newtown, 14, from Haydock, who had her head shaved for charity, with her mum Donna who is sending her to a different school after a dispute with St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Ashton.
Chloe Newtown, 14, from Haydock, who had her head shaved for charity, with her mum Donna who is sending her to a different school after a dispute with St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Ashton.

A HAYDOCK schoolgirl has been barred from class after breaking school rules by taking part in a charity head shave.

The St Helens Reporter told two weeks ago how 14-year-old Chloe Newton had been threatened with expulsion if she went ahead with the fund-raiser.

Staff at St Edmund Arrowsmith High School in Ashton told Chloe, of Lyme Street, Haydock, said her bid to raise cash for Willowbrook Hospice broke the school’s policy on extreme hairstyles.

But she has since gone ahead with the head shave, raising hundreds for the hospice, and has subsequently been turned away from school.

Chloe’s mum, Donna Newton, has accused the school of over-reacting. She said: “I’m absolutely appalled. Chloe’s very proud of what she’s done for charity and they’ve treated her like she has some sort of disease and hidden her away.

“A teacher shouted at her in front of half the school and humiliated her. She wanted to do something a bit different, if every charity fund-raiser was the same it would be boring. I think she’s very brave to shave her hair at 14.”

Mrs Newton said she would now permanently remove Chloe from St Edmund Arrowsmith and find an alternative school.

However, the school has stood by its decision to bar Chloe for breaching the school’s dress code.

Deputy head Paul Eyes said: “Following the school’s decision not to sanction Chloe having her head shaven for charity, Mrs Newton decided to seek a place in another high school.”