Campaign sparked by material change

By Harriet Ernstsons 26/04 Updated: 27/04 09:32

THE HEADTEACHER of a Studley school has come under fire for banning girls wearing skirts as part of their uniform.

Organisers behind the School Skirt Ban campaign have criticised the decision taken by Studley High School head Elaine Young to insist trousers are worn, making it one of 42 across the country and seven in the West Midlands to get rid of skirts.

A spokesman for the campaign said: “If the head thinks it’s a minor change to the uniform and barely worth even commenting on, she should revise the staff dress code to mandate trousers for all teachers.

“If she will not do that it suggests she does not consider the change trivial and non-controversial at all.”

But Mrs Young said teachers were adults unlike the pupils and as such did not have uniforms.

She told the Standard the decision had been taken after the minority of students who were breaking the rules were given over a year to ensure their skirts were of an appropriate length.

“Some of them looked far more like belts than skirts which is inappropriate in a mixed school where we have boys and male staff,” she said.

“We said they should wear their skirts at an appropriate level and show us that over a period of time and in the meantime we spent a lot of time dealing with inappropriate dress.

“Since they were banned we have had one complaint from one parent and a few comments from children but most of the students seem to support it.

“Getting into confrontations about skirts is not very conducive to education and there has been no time wasted on dress ever since.”

Commenting on the Standard’s Facebook page, Liz Halliday said: “My children attend Studley High School and neither of my girls have complained about the fact they can no longer wear skirts. They even commented to me how short the skirts were that some of the other girls were wearing.”

Sally Atkinson added: “If 13 year old girls are going to try and pass belts off for skirts then I don’t blame the school for banning them.”

But Zoe Hooper said clothes did not affect learning so it should not matter what pupils wear to school.

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