The Mirror is reporting that controversial plans to ban girls from wearing skirts have been torn up by a head teacher after pupils and parents rebelled.
Perry Linsley, from Pakefield High School in Lowestoft, Suffolk, was so worried that skirts were too short he told parents girls would have to wear trousers from September.
But Mr Linsley has now performed a dramatic U-turn after the outraged reaction.
Assistant headteacher Paul Usher wrote to parents last week to say: “The senior leadership team have made the decision that, as of September 2016, ALL pupils, male and female, will be wearing trousers and skirts will not be allowed.”
Pupil Tabitha Bennett, 14, of nearby Kessingland, was just one of many students at the 900-pupil school stunned by the shock move.
She said in a letter she drafted to Mr Linsley: “Girls not being allowed to wear skirts is ridiculous.
“If you ban skirts, you are making a negative statement.
“You are practically saying that you care more about how we look than our education.”…
Repentant Mr Linsley has now backed down after he admitted: “We didn’t quite anticipate just how concerned girls and parents were.”…
A number of schools have done away with skirts but do you applaud the school in this case for responding to the reaction of girls and parents?
These appearance-related issues are so fraught with difficulties. Any examples of schools doing it particularly well?
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