Single-sex schools changing admissions to allow transgender pupils to head off legal threats

Single-sex private schools across the UK are considering changing policies to admit transgender pupils, putting them on a collision course with parents opposed to the move, The Independent can reveal. 

Headteachers at fee-paying schools say they are open to admitting children based on gender, rather than sex, to avert the possibility of legal challenges.

And elite single-sex schools across the country have begun introducing gender-neutral uniforms and gender-neutral pronouns to make students who are transitioning feel more welcome.  

Dorothy MacGinty, head of all-girls Kilgraston School in Perthshire, said she “would not rule out” admitting a boy who was transitioning, and had recently received an inquiry from a family about the possibility. 

Julie McCulloch, director of policy at ASCL, told The Independent: “If a school refuses to admit a child who is of the opposite sex but the same gender that could classed as indirect discrimination. It is becoming quite difficult for school leaders and governors to interpret the law.” 

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