Updated 07 February 2002, 18.47
Two schoolgirls have been told not to attend school because their hairstyles may distract other students.
Do you think schools are too strict in the way you look?
What would your school do if you arrived with an outrageous hairstyle?
And are these rules out-of-date? Should teachers accept that children want to look fashionable?
Let us know what you think!
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Why don't you just tuck your shirt in when you see a teacher, then untuck it again.
James, 12, Bristol
They never let us wear trousers at our school - it's stupid as in winter it gets really cold. We have a pale grey skirt - not very original! And our skirts have to be EXACTLY three inches above the MID-POINT of the knee - what is the point?
Sharon, 12, St Albans
Our Deputy Head is the worst for uniform. If our ties are too short she makes you do them again and if she thinks you have a bit of concealer on, she makes you wash your face. Our skirts cannot be above the knee either, it's not as if they will stop us learning!
Charlotte, 14, Stoke-on-Trent
If there is the tiniest bit of white on your shoes then you get a letter sent home to your parents or detention. The teachers don't seem to appreciate that some parents can't afford to buy their children new shoes just because of petty rules.
Emma, 14, Clevedon
In our school we have strict rules but some are very weird...we can only have "three earrings per face" and we can only wear "navy hair ties" in our hair! And our school uniforms are like kilts even though we live in London!
Becky, 14, London
My school's OK. They're not too strict about make-up but they go mad if your shirt isn't tucked in. They don't mind too much about hair styles and piercings though.
Kris, 14, Rushden
Our teachers go mad if our tie isn't four badges long. The length of our tie isn't going to affect our work. We also have to keep our shirts tucked in and have to wear black shoes with heels lower than 6cm, it's soooo unfair!
Alison, 14, Grimsby
At my school we aren't even allowed to take off ties or change into our own clothes. On the way home we have to wear full school uniform all the time in school hours.
Jack, 11, London
I go to a girls' school and you can't wear nail varnish and if you are caught with it on you have to use nail varnish remover from the school. Plus we can only wear one ring, stud earrings, no bracelets and no necklaces.
Crystal, 13, Melksham
At my school, the only thing we can't wear is trainers, unless we have a doctor's note.
Crystal, 13, Melksham
If your clothes have a slogan or pattern on them, you have to take it off or get a detention. I think that it's not fair. We don't have a proper uniform but we aren't allowed to wear anything we want to either.
Michelle, 13, London
At my school you get told off for taking your jumper off unless it's really hot, and even then you need permission! The teachers are allowed to wear jewellery so why can't we? Who cares what hairstyle you have? It doesn't affect your work! The teachers always go on about how we need to be individual, and yet we're not allowed to choose our own appearance! And not everyone suits the school colours!
Saffron, 13, Doncaster
At my school they're really strict at wearing your blazer, I hate them, they're either too hot or too cold!
Rachel, 11, Newcastle
At my school, it's okay. We are allowed to wear studs in our ears and short skirts but they don't like the fashionable 'diamond' socks and tights.
Rachel, 12, Ellesmere Port
This week I got sent home as I had a school t-shirt on, not a jumper. Come on, it doesn't matter what you wear, as long as you don't forget your head you'll be fine.
Hollie, 15, London
Our headmaster is SO strict about school ties, you'd think they were going to change the world!
Jennifer, 12, London
At my school teachers stand waiting to catch the kids that have their shirts untucked as we're walking out of school, I don't see the point school's finished anyway!
Sian, 12, Maidstone
In our school u cannot leave the grounds unless you have your blazers on and I am not a fan of them so I am always getting shouted at. Teachers should really get a life!
Claire, 15, Belfast
I think schools are right for being strict. Otherwise there would be no discipline in the school.
Jenny, 13, Derby
My school is really cool about uniform. As long as we wear black or white they don't care about anything else. The teachers even let us wear trainers and the boys in my class have blue, red and green hair (apparently going for the traffic light look!).
Gemma, 13, Tillicoultry
People should have a right to have their hair however they like - it's their hair!
Abi, 11, Edinburgh
We are not allowed to wear nail varnish or jewellery!
Laura, 12, West Sussex
I think it's stupid, as if the way you look or what you wear will affect your school work!
At my school teachers go mad if you don't keep your shirt tucked into your trousers. I think it makes us look neater with our shirts out. School is really unfair. I'm sure the teachers like making our lives hard.
Sarah, 14, Grimsby
At my school we can't wear earrings and we're always told to pull our jumper sleeves down - teachers should lighten up!
Felicity, 14, Edinburgh