A mum has removed her son from school in Hull after he gave himself a rather severe looking punk type haircut with a pair of scissors while in the toilets.

The four-year-old managed to chop off a two-inch strip of hair down the centre of his scalp leaving mum Mollie Thomas at her wits end.

According to Mollie this is the fifth time that the reception pupil has tried his hand at a DIY haircut while in school since he started last September.

Mollie confirmed to HullLive that she was subsequently forced to shave her son's head totally off, admitting she "nearly cried" when she saw him.

Mollie Thomas was forced to shave her son's hair off
Mollie Thomas was forced to shave her son's hair off

Much of her anger is now towards staff at Thorpepark Academy, in Orchard Park, and she has reported the school to Ofsted over "safeguarding issues".

"I got a call from the head teacher and she said he had cut his hair again and she said 'brace yourself' but when I got there, I had no words. I couldn't believe it," Mollie said.

"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."

Punk Johnny Rotten was famed for his outlandish haircuts
Punk Johnny Rotten was famed for his outlandish haircuts

She said the school's ethos is on independent play, but she said she's asked in the past for him not to be left unsupervised with scissors after the first two incidents where he cut his hair.

"This is the fifth time he was left unattended with scissors. I have now contacted Ofsted and I have pulled him out of that school," she added.

"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.

"But the other way round, they didn't even offer an apology."

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The school, which is part of the Venn Academy Trust, says on its website that Foundation age children learn through play, and added: "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 apologised for the incident and understood the distress it caused to the family and pupil.

The school reminded pupils in its reception class that "hairdressers, barbers and adults" are the only ones who should be cutting their hair with scissors.