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…”
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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