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What aren't you allowed to wear to school?

School uniform

A seven-year-old boy in Tyneside has been told to change his spiky haircut or he can't go back to school.

Connor was given the spiky new look by his dad, who's a hairdresser, but the school says it's not allowed.

So is there anything you're not allowed to wear for school?

Are there any hairstyles that are banned? Do you have to wear certain colour shoes? Or are there other rules about your appearance that drive you mad?

Maybe your school is more relaxed, and when it comes to uniform anything goes!

Let us know!

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Your comments

"My school won't let us wear nail varnish. If we have naturally curly hair we aren't allowed to straighten it!!! It drives me bonkers!"

Laura, 12, Clwyd, Wales

"Our school isn't too strict. People are allowed their hair any colour they want. One of my mates has dyed hers bright pink! We aren't allowed to wear trainers, but that's about it really."

Yasmin, 13, Derbyshire, England

"We are not allowed to wear trainers except for PE."

Lucie, 11, Cumbria, England

"We are allowed any hairstyle, but an appropriate colour!"

Simran, 11, Birmingham, England

"At my school, we aren't allowed to wear skirts!"

Claire, 11, Ipswich, England

"I think it's perfectly correct for him to have to have the right hairstyle. It's very important to look smart."

James, 13, Swindon, England

"On our tie we have a crest, and we have to have it showing, we HAVE to have our top buttons done up, we HAVE to have our shirts tucked in, we HAVE to wear our blazers unless we have 'permission' to take them off, and we HAVE to wear black shoes. Not to mention the PE kit... I think its all a bit pointless personally! "

Pippa, 9, Ilkley, England

"We aren't allowed to wear nail polish because the teachers go mental!!!!!"

Sarah, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"We are lucky! In the olden days when my science teacher was at school, she had to wear a bonnet, and a long dress, which she was not allowed to run in!"

Serena, 11, London, England

"My school don't let you wear hats."

Mohamed, 10, London, England

"My school doesn't let us bring our own bags to hold our school stuff ."

Becky, 9, Bradford, England

"In my school, you are not allowed to wear Crocs to school because they don't look smart enough."

Georgia, 11, Norwich, England

"In our school were allowed to wear what we want we can have studs/piercing were allowed make-up/ any shoes. How cool is that? I think some schools are to strict!"

Jasmine, 10, Swansea, Wales

"We can't have 'aggressive' hairstyles, and we must wear black socks."

Charlie, 13, Nantwich, England

"In our school, the teachers are not very strict about uniform, but we HAVE to wear a red jumper/cardigan/hoodie. We're allowed to wear jewellery too. I wore hoops last week!"

Anna, 11, Nottingham, England

"We are not allowed to wear strap tops in the summer or sandals i.e. flip-flops etc."

Hannah, 11, Aberystwyth, Wales

"In my school we aren't allowed to wear arm-warmers or fashion belts."

Aimee, 13, Norwich, England

"The boys aren't allowed gelled hair on Mondays and Thursdays, and the girls can only wear dresses on Tuesdays and Fridays."

Abi, 10, Manchester, England

"We have to wear brown uniform and we cannot wear trainers"

Sean, 11, London, England

"I'm not allowed to wear my own clothes, because last year the head teacher made school uniform compulsory. At the time, I thought it would be better, because it would make us look smarter and it would be a change. But now it's so frustrating, because when you have your birthday, or when it's Christmas, and you get new clothes you can't make good use of them and wear them to school. But there are a number of reasons why we need school uniform and I suppose there is a point in wearing school uniform!"

Lucy, 11, London, England

"At my school, the girls can't wear anything shiny, or sparkly."

Sara, 11, Warrington, England

"I think if we are allowed to have different hairstyles and shoes, why can't we wear different clothes ?"

Devika, 11, London, England

"We are quite lucky in our school. We are allowed earrings, bracelets (though only one), and sweatbands. I wouldn't really ask for more because after all, it IS school and not a fashion show."

Isabelle, 10, New Malden, England

"My head teacher usually goes easy on school uniform."

Millie, 9, Reading, England

"At my school, you have to tuck your t-shirt in and you have to wear black shoes. We are only allowed to dye our hair red on Red Nose Day, but if we have it red the next day we get told off and we have to tidy the classrooms!!!!"

Ellie, 10, Hull, England

"In our school, we're not allowed to wear knee high socks! What's the point in that when we're allowed to wear mini-skirts, make-up, jewellery and much more!!!!!!!!!!"

Emma, 11, Kilsyth, Scotland

"I find it really annoying that our uniform is all black with a bit of white. It looks like we are going to a funeral."

Emma, 12, Cardiff, Wales

"Our school uniform is soooo slack! All we have to do is wear the school top and no high heels! I hate it because I get teased about what clothes and shoes I wear to school. When I first came to England I thought they were having a party because of the clothes they were wearing; pumps, fancy skirts, jeans, etc. I WISH we had strict uniform!"

Isabel, 10, London, England

"That's stupid, it's Connor's hair, it's none of the school's business. He just made it spiky, it's not an offence."

Saadia, 11, London, England

"On mufti day we are allowed to dye our hair but first we have to ask permission. We had this event for charity where we had to choose a dress theme. My class chose wacky hair and half the class died and spray painted it."

Sabrina, 11, Middlesex, England

"I think that some schools are being too strict and some older people in the years get to wear whatever they want but if we copy we get told off for it. I think all pupils should get treated the same."

Kirsty, 13, Manchester, England

"What's the point of adults encouraging us to be who we are if they don't allow us to wear what we want?"

Ruhi, 13, Coventry, England

"We have to wear school uniform and I am very happy about that. We can't wear trainers, we can't bring phones or other electric things such as iPods."

Olivia, 9, Basingstoke, England

"I think that there should be no such thing as school uniform. My school doesn't have it but I will when I'm in secondary school."

Esther, 9, London, England

"At our school you aren't allowed more than one piercing. You have to wear boring school shoes which can be uncomfortable."

Russell, 13, Driffield, England

"We are not allowed to wear whatever we like, and we are not allowed any make-up either (but I still wear it). We are allowed to have our hair however we want, but we are only allowed studs in our ears and no other piercings!"

Celine, 11, Norfolk, England

"In my school you are not allowed to wear your own coat. In the winter you have to wear the school's horrible coat, and if you don't you get sent home to get it."

Chantelle, 12, Sunderland, England

"I think that some schools are being too strict and others are being lazy and letting kids get away with things. Who knows right or wrong."

Suzanne, 12, Middlesex, England

"We have to wear black shoes which is a pain because I can't find non-leather shoes to wear to school. We can't have spiky hair which looks cool and we're also not allowed to dye our hair non-natural colours so we have to dye our hair back fast after Halloween."

Madison, 12, Gwent, England

"We are not allowed to wear our fleeces indoors. Last year we were allowed to wear whatever we liked but now it's RED uniform. It used to be blue! At my brother's school they are not allowed to take their blazers off, they have to tuck their shirts in, their hair has to be a certain length and they always check them for all these things before they leave the building to go home!"

Ani, 12, Norwich, England

"Once I start Year 10, me and my year start wearing black sweatshirts. We won't be wearing blue anymore but we have to have permission to take our sweatshirts off!!"

Ailish, 14, Corby, England

"I'm not allowed to wear a jumper around my waist and we have to have our hair tied back if it's long enough."

Holly, 10, Birmingham, England

"Our blazers have shoulder pads and we have to wear them EVERYWHERE! It makes us look like wardrobes! But our uniform is a lot more casual than most, so it's okay."

Tatchiana, 11, Rochford, England

"We don't have school uniform, we can wear what we want and the school encourages us to be creative with what we wear."

Caitlin, 13, Oxford, England

"In my high school you have to have your tie seven stripes and tuck your shirt in. Most people don't do that including me but the teachers never say anything so we get away with it!"

Arooj, 12, Lancashire, England

"We aren't allowed unnatural coloured hair, we can't have more than one piercing (and that piercing has got to be in our earlobe), we've got to wear our school uniform, we can't wear zip-up jackets (even if they're in our school colours) and your ties have to be the right length if you wear one. Our school is tight!"

Madi, 13, Gwynedd, Wales

"We are not allowed lots of make-up at our school, which is understandable. We also cannot wear skin-coloured tights, which I think is rubbish!"

Fran, 13, Tunbridge Wells, England

"My school doesn't let us wear jewellery because it can get lost, stolen or it might fall off. We especially aren't allowed hooped earrings. We also aren't allowed flip flops."

Nahida, 10, London, England

"We can have our hair however we want, but we can't wear whatever we want. Some people still manage to wear different coloured belts or different types of jumpers, even if it's not allowed."

Ellis, 13, Suffolk, England

"Our school won't even let girls have trousers. They make us wear our hair up, we are not allowed make-up, our ties have to be eight stripes long, our shirts have to be tucked in, we have to ask to take our blazers off and if you go against one of these rules you have to scrape chewing gum off desks. It's not a moral outrage to be an individual. I think schools should let us be open-minded and let us have a choice as to what we wear, how we wear it and what colour it is. They always encourage us to make choices, but it doesn't seem like they care. THEY ARE STUPID RULES!"

Kathryn, 12, Cheshire, England

"At my school, we all have to wear a tie, a blazer, a shirt, black trousers and black shoes. I think we just look boring."

Daniel, 13, Cumbria, England

"This one girl in our school shaved the underneath half of her head and when her hair was down it didn't look any different. But when she wore it up in a pony tail she got told off and was then excluded!"

Bobbi, 14, Bognor Regis, England

"Don't get me started! There are so many things we aren't allowed; make-up, jewellery, badges, dyed hair, bags have to be A4 sized, chewing gum, earrings, trainers, piercings, wristbands... I could go on for ages!"

Rebecca, 13, Kent, England

"We have to wear a uniform and blue/black shoes, and on Halloween my friend wasn't allowed to wear a Halloween scrunchie!"

Lu, 10, London, England

"In my school we have to wear the right shoes. We have been told that we can't wear 'ballet pumps' because they are inappropriate, but loads of the teachers wear high heels and things that cause way more damage to your feet!"

Zara, 13, London, England

"We are not allowed to wear gel in our hair and to have our hair down. It needs to be above your shoulders."

Lauren, 11, Bracknell, England

"Fancy hair-bobbles have been banned! But they keep your hair up just as well and they allow a bit of 'you' on your uniform."

Zohra, 9, Surbiton, England

"Sadly, in my school all of the pupils have to wear the same clothes and I don't like it because our school uniform is so uncomfortable and the colours aren't very nice either!!"

Roxy, 11, Caerphilly, Wales

"In my school we can't wear earrings. If we come to school with earrings on, we are not allowed to do PE!"

Laura, 11, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

"Our school doesn't have a uniform so we are allowed to wear anything, other than Heelys or other dangerous footwear!"

Faatima, 11, Birmingham, England

"Well I'm not allowed to have my hair down and I'm not allowed to wear trousers."

Micaela, 10, Liverpool, England

"In my school we are not allowed anything! No shaved heads, no patterns in hair, no coloured dyed hair, no knee-high socks, only black school shoes, no trainers, no coats allowed in school, no short skirts and loads more!"

Melody, 13, Manchester, England

"Jewellery, make-up and light-coloured headbands are not allowed!!"

Kaycey, 12, London, England

"We are not allowed to wear jewellery, apart from a watch and studs or sleepers!"

Rosie, 12, Thornbury, England

"Well, the only hair style we can't have at school is our hair down, and that's only for hair which is over shoulders. But we HAVE to wear school uniform."

Rosa, 9, London, England

"That's just bang out of order. He should be allowed to have whatever hairstyle he wants. They should let him go back to school anyway, otherwise he won't get a good education."

Alex, Nicole and Becky, 9, 9 and 13, Kent, England

"I don't have to wear uniform at all as I am home educated, but I prefer to wear my hair in a ponytail to keep it out of my face while I am working. I think that children should not be allowed such hairstyles for school though."

Olivia, 11, Lancashire, England

"In our school we can wear pretty much what we like. As long as it's not like the hair in the picture!"

Bethan, 14, Gloucestershire, England

"My school are big on jewellery. They simply don't allow it unless it's religious, but they aren't so tight on hair so we can make ours as crazy as possible!

Brooklyn, 12, London, England

"We have a dress code that means we have to wear certain colours, which is like school uniform."

Lauren, 11, Oxford, England

"We aren't allowed to roll up our skirts, wear the wrong coloured tights, have 'cult' hairstyles, wear two sets of earrings at a time, have any piercings other than ears, have dyed hair, wear necklaces or bracelets. Most other schools disallow this as well though."

Melissa, 13, West Sussex, England

"You're not allowed to wear jackets inside, or leg-warmers or trainers, and you always have to wear your blazer. It's rubbish!"

Caitlyn, 13, Glasgow, Scotland

"My school is really strict when it comes to dress code. We are not allowed to wear trousers, your tie has to be to your waist, you can only take your blazer off with permission and then you have to wear it in the corridors even in the summer. Boys cannot use hair gel or have their hair shaved or dyed. Girls cannot wear earrings or make-up or dye their hair. If you are found to be wearing make-up they make you wash it off. If boys turn up wearing gel they are made to wash their hair. We have uniform inspections regularly. I don't disagree with my school's uniform rules because it shows discipline and stops some bullying when image is a big part of growing up."

Beth, 13, Staffordshire, England

"I've heard our head teacher say we must wear grey or black trousers even though some people have worn jeans before, so I just don't get it!"

Brad, 9, Rotherham, England

"You should be able to choose your hairstyle. Sometimes your teachers come into school with weird hairstyles - you should be able to send them home if they can send you home!"

Amy, 9, London, England

"We aren't allowed to have any jewellery or make-up. We are only allowed one ring and a pair of studs. At the beginning of the year, we were only allowed to wear hair bobbles and hair bands in uniform colours and white socks, but now we just wear any colour socks and hair bands."

Jess, 12, Kent, England

"People can have any hairstyle they want, but it can't be sprayed with hair dye."

Rosie, 11, London, England