‘Sober suits’ to replace short skirts in one sixth form

The Telegraph is reporting that a private school has introduced a new dress code after fears its sixth form students have been taking things too far with nail extensions, short skirts and too many bright colours…

Now Rose Hardy, headmistress at St Margaret’s School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, has insisted on a strict new dress code of “sober” suits and minimal makeup because, she says, “a smart presentation reflects a professional and focused attitude”.

But parents at the £28,500 a year boarding school have complained about the uniform, being introduced next term, with one labelling it “funereal” and calling for greater freedom for pupils to express themselves.

“I am at a loss to understand why you would impose such an austere, funereal and outdated dress code on our young women,” the parent wrote to the school…

But Mrs Hardy has defended the school’s decision. “Girls, in particular, need to feel good about themselves aesthetically, and these changes are aimed at allowing them to remain committed to learning, instead of having the added pressure of deciding what to wear every morning,” she said…

The school insists that the idea of the new dress code is in keeping with the “whole Steve Jobs … ethos of simplicity by wearing the same style of clothing everyday so they [the girls] can focus on more important decisions instead of small ones”…

More at:  No more short skirts in the sixth-form

 

My eldest starts sixth form in September and we are already dreading how much longer it’s going to take her to get ready every morning (certainly judging on past no-uniform days) so I have some sympathy with Mrs Hardy here.

What do you think? Would it be better to keep uniforms or a ‘sober’ suit dress code for sixth formers rather than letting them go freestyle?

 

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