Monday, July 29, 2013

UK school bans skirts for girls as young as 9

London: Monday, July 29, 2013(7STARNEWS)A UK school has banned skirts for girls as young as nine citing concerns over shrinking hemlines and the pupils appearing very \"unladylike\".

Girls from Walkwood Church of England Middle School in Redditch, Worcestershire, have been told to wear trousers from September amid concerns over shrinking hemlines.

The school will also ban female pupils from donning blouses from 2014 to ensure boys and girls wear the same uniform, The Telegraph reported.

But the move has been branded \"crazy\" by parents who warned that denying young girls the chance to wear skirts would leave them confused.

One campaign group said 63 schools currently banned children from wearing skirts. Most are secondaries but at least one other middle school, teaching nine- to 13-year-olds? have launched a similar crackdown.

David Doubtfire, the head teacher, said the ban was necessary because pupils were wearing increasingly shorter skirts. \"Some of the older girls were beginning to wear extremely short skirts. It was becoming difficult, especially when it came to them sitting down in the school hall. It was very unladylike,\" Doubtfire was quoted by the daily as saying.

\"We would ask them to make their skirts longer, but they would just roll them up again when we turned away. We want to simplify the uniform. It was getting complicated and this should make it cheaper for parents. Some of the blouses were expensive,\" he said.

\"Girls may be allowed to wear dresses in the summer. We are going to have a consultation on this,\" he added. Walkwood, which is currently rated as \"satisfactory\" by Ofsted, teaches 723 boys and girls aged nine to 13.
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