UK school bans skirts for girls as young as nine,stirs outrage

A UK School has banned skirts for girls as young as nine,citing concerns over shrinking hemlines and the pupils appearing very “unladylike”

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:July 30, 2013 3:08 am

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 the next year to ensure that boys and girls wear the same uniform,The Telegraph reported.

However,the move has been branded as “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 as saying.

Walkwood,which is currently rated as “satisfactory” by Ofsted,teaches 723 boys and girls aged nine to 13.

A group of 20 parents have now written to the school to complain over the skirt ban.

One parent,who did not want to be named,said: “You hear so much about the over sexualisation of children these days but to call a nine-year-old girl unladylike is absurd”.

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