School bans skirts after hemlines which ‘barely cover girls’ bottoms’ distract male teachers

The Mirror is reporting that skirts have been banned from a secondary school in order, it suggests, to spare the blushes of male teachers who were becoming ‘distracted…’

Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe took drastic action because she was fed up with telling girls off for wearing skirts that ‘barely covered their bottoms… at Trentham High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire…

Dr Blencowe said: “It’s been an increasing problem over the past two years, especially with the older pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11.

“Girls in year seven, and possibly year eight, tend to abide by the rules, but as they get older the skirts get shorter.

“Now it’s just a constant nag. Girls are coming in with skirts that just cover their bottoms – it’s totally inappropriate…

“We’ve tried calling parents, sending pupils home and we’ve even had to buy some girls new skirts – which isn’t something a school should have to do.

“Girls with the right length skirts are just rolling them up.

“We tell them in form period to roll them down, but by first break they’re back up again.

“It’s not pleasant for male members of staff and students either, the girls have to walk up stairs and sit down and it’s a complete distraction.

“After a while it stops being a uniform issue and starts becoming a safeguarding issue.”

Dr Blencowe added that teachers dressed inappropriately would also be sent home.

School governor Terry Follows added: “The governors are unanimously behind the headteacher on this…”

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This is the second school we’ve covered recently that has taken this step – see also: School bans female pupils from wearing skirts and tight trousers – because it makes male teachers feel uncomfortable.

What do you think? Is it a genuine issue it girls refuse to wear their skirts at what is deemed to be the appropriate length?

And is the headteacher justified in suggesting this can start becoming a safeguarding issue?

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Comments

  1. fjarmstrong

    SchoolsImprove Girls, don’t distract the Men and Boys with your silly bottom-showing skirts. They have important matters to attend to.

  2. patchamundo

    SchoolsImprove if it’s a safeguarding issue its that men (teachers?!) treat women like sexual objects. Tackle that. EverydaySexism

  3. LeoToAquarius

    Nothing like sexualising yiur students that need safeguarding from your your male staff who are pedophiles 
    If you are male best to leave this school as you will always be viewed with suspicion…

  4. LeoToAquarius

    Nothing like sexualizing your students that need safeguarding from your your male staff who are pedophiles 
    If you are male best to leave this school as you will always be viewed with suspicion…

  5. Organic_Jane

    SchoolsImprove Sounds like an exasperated Head Teacher who has had enough of wasting time with uniform issues. Clumsy reason though.

  6. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove The sexuality of girls is one of the many Aristotelian rocks upon which Platonic vessels founder.

  7. TheShanTiger

    SchoolsImprove mlaransom75 I am gasping at this! The poor male teachers! Who will protect them from girls’ bottoms!!! How about they

  8. clairetheweemoo

    TheShanTiger ThrupennyBit SchoolsImprove “Safeguarding issue”???? Mother of gawd. Some teachers in the wrong job, there.

  9. clairetheweemoo

    ThrupennyBit TheShanTiger SchoolsImprove Or at the very least pulling the old Men Can’t Control Their Urges defence, which is insulting.

  10. ThrupennyBit

    clairetheweemoo TheShanTiger SchoolsImprove Why don’t they implement a huge programme about objectification, porn, consent, etc. instead?

  11. ThrupennyBit

    clairetheweemoo TheShanTiger SchoolsImprove Why don’t they implement a huge programme about objectification, porn, consent, etc. instead?

  12. clairetheweemoo

    ThrupennyBit TheShanTiger SchoolsImprove Imagine the same teachers who are embarrassed by a leg discussing porn. Like I said, wrong job.

  13. clairetheweemoo

    ThrupennyBit TheShanTiger SchoolsImprove Imagine the same teachers who are embarrassed by a leg discussing porn. Like I said, wrong job.

  14. TheShanTiger

    ThrupennyBit clairetheweemoo SchoolsImprove I’m so angry about this. How many other schools are saying the same thing??

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