Was school in the wrong over decision to ban skirts?

The Bridlington Free Press is reporting on claims from parents that the decision by a local school to ban girls from wearing skirts was “unfair” due to failure to follow guidance in the consultation process…

Donna Curtis-Smith, of Fairfield Road, whose children Bridlington School, alleges the decision to prohibit girls from wearing skirts and to introduce embroidered logos on pupils’ trousers was unfair.

She says the “process should start again” because there was only one parent on the governing body when the vote was held on 9 December 2014. The second parent governor was absent from the meeting…

Mrs Curtis-Smith obtained a copy of the minutes from a governors’s vote on the new uniform policy, which she claimed “was made difficult” for her to get hold of…

“The minutes show that Mrs Pashley was asked by the board if she had informed the school council of this proposal and gathered their opinions. Mrs Pashley informed them that this had not been done, showing that the governing body were aware that other people were to be consulted before a decision made, yet the vote still went ahead which is unacceptable to a vast majority of parents…”

But headteacher Mrs Pashley said the school had in fact followed all guidelines and protocols available to them…

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There’s far more details about the alleged shortcomings of the consultation process in the full article.

What do you make of this? Does it emphasise just how important it is for any potentially controversial decisions like this to be made in a way that is – and can be shown to be – entirely transparent and appropriate?

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