The decision by a Norfolk high school to ban female pupils from wearing skirts has produced a strong reaction from readers, with many writing to oppose the plans.

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Last week, the EDP reported how governors at Diss High School had agreed to the adoption of a trouser only uniform from September in a crackdown on “immodest” clothing, based on the recommendations of a uniform focus group.

The school’s headteacher Jan Hunt said: “Girls already wear trousers at Diss High School.

“The reason the school is making this compulsory is the tendency for some girls to wear really short skirts. Hemlines have risen to a level that is both impractical as well as immodest.”

She added financial support would be offered to parents for the transition.

Karen Betts, from Diss, said she was not only against the decision to ban skirts, but also plans to change the colour of the trousers from black to grey, which was difficult to find in shops.

She said using the school’s supplier would be too expensive, while she believed she would not be eligible for the funding available to buy the uniform.

“We feel the ban on skirts is unfair, as not all girls like wearing trousers, any complaints on the length of the skirt is the school’s failure to enforce their rules.”

Tammy Batchelor, from Roydon, was also concerned about the expense and the uniform’s colour change.

“I do totally agree that there has to be a uniform and there needs to be standards but surely the school would be better off stating a length of skirt that can be worn or a certain fit of trousers- such as not being skinny fit etc- and enforcing this rule rather than making all children wear the same trousers,” she added.

Tracey Webb, from Diss, who has a daughter Bethayne at the school, has written to the school head to oppose the ban.

She said: “The banning of skirts is outrageous and totally uncalled for as it is the minority of girls that wear them too short, and some, they may as well be wearing a belt, but its a minority and what this ban is doing is classing each and every girl the same way, totally outrageous.

Bressingham resident Nigel Dowden said: “I most certainly do not agree with the ban on pupils wearing skirts. “Those that flout the rules should be the ones penalised, not the majority of girls that wear skirts that adhere to the current school policy.

And Cherry Green, of Morton Road, Aylsham said: “I would have liked to have worn trousers at school in the winter but I would think they would be a bit hot in the summer. I think the option of wearing trousers for girls would be better than a complete ban on skirts. I think skirts should be knee length or just above the knee.”

17 comments

  • All these girls, no, all children, have some sort of idea they aspire to, something they would like to do with their future, thats why they are at school, to learn. This issue is blown out of all proportions, it says to me that staff are more concerned with the frilly edges than with the core of the issue, children learning something. This constant desire to dress them up in little uniforms, as if this matters, when they need to realise the huge potentials they have during their last years at school. Schools are not places to indoctrinate children with morals, that said, a knee high hemline should not result in parents taking their child out of school and to try and make publicity out of such pastoral diversions, away from focussing on education, a cry for help, not aa sign of stability or happy children.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I'd like to know where charcoal grey has come from. At the moment the school has said they have agreed on a grey but have not informed parents. Pupils are saying they have been told it will be a pale grey! Also the head would prefer all parents to purchase the trousers through the official school uniform suppliers

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    MD31

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Iuanmapo - The issue is that we are being forced to buy the trousers direct from the school suppliers at between £15-£20 a pair and have been told that trousers bought elsewhere will not be acceptable

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    Just me

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • My problem is with the colour of trousers! Being a mother of a daughter who wears trousers to school, I think black can cover any incidents a young teenage girl could have ie monthly issues! Grey is going to show any such problems for everyone to see!

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    MD31

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Its a shame this head teacher was not as forceful when dealing with the chronic bullying at the school, the increase in staff turnover not to mention the incident a few years ago resulting in her suspension from duty. Thankfully my girls have left this ONCE excellent school. I feel for the parents, the staff do their best with limited support from the top, the head is weak and the governors seem intent on deflecting obvious failings by applying frankly pointless uniform changes. Minority wins in this case, utterly ridiculous.The school is becoming a laughing stock, locally and now sadly, nationally.

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    MARTIN

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I completely agree with you Keith S. Too many parents dont like being told what to do by their childs Headteacher. How ridiculous some of the comments are : difficult to find grey?...What a load of rubbish. I have 4 children who I prefer to wear the charcoal grey compared to black, in my opinion it looks smarter. In no way do i find it difficult to locate grey trousers for girls from any clothing retailer which stocks uniform. To name a few: BHS, Sainsburys, Tescos, John Lewis, Next, M&S i could go on and on. They are all very very reasonable & good quality. I picked up two pairs for my daughter for £9......How is this expensive??...surely if you dont qualify for the available funding, you wouldn't struggle to find £10 for your childs clothes?. Just petty and not liking the fact that a Headteacher is laying down ground rules for what they would like their pupils to wear! I would most certainly prefer my girls to wear trousers, as opposed to skirts which they could soon roll over several times when in school grounds!Not too dissimilar to what I used to get up to in my teens in the late 80searly 90s!!..Just stop whinging parents, this is all about respect, looking respectful and being proud of your school looking to create a smart image.

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    luanmapo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Its a shame this head teacher was not as forceful when dealing with the chronic bullying at the school, the increase in staff turnover not to mention the incident a few years ago resulting in her suspension from duty. Thankfully my girls have left this ONCE excellent school. I feel for the parents, the staff do their best with limited support from the top, the head is weak and the governors seem intent on deflecting obvious failings by applying frankly pointless uniform changes. Minority wins in this case, utterly ridiculous.The school is becoming a laughing stock, locally and now sadly, nationally.

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    MARTIN

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • If the head teacher cannot enforce the last rule on wearing A-line, knee length skirts then I doubt she will have any luck with the trouser rule. It's a shame that the parents don't make their kids go to school dressed as kids and not like they are going to a party. Bring back the blazer and have all kids dressed exactly the same.

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    Queenie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • trousers are a good idea as we all know from our school days the girls leave home with knee length skirts then roll the waistline up to make them shorter. this has nothing to do with the head not being in control of the school my wife even admits she used to do this and that was in the late 60s early 70s so nothing has really changed except nowadays it does seem to attract unwanted attension. so I hope the against parents work with the head and not against its a hard enough job as it is

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • If only some parents were as passionate about their child's education as they appear to be about what they wear to school.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Its a shame this head teacher was not as forceful when dealing with the chronic bullying at the school, the increase in staff turnover not to mention the incident a few years ago resulting in her suspension from duty. Thankfully my girls have left this ONCE excellent school. I feel for the parents, the staff do their best with limited support from the top, the head is weak and the governors seem intent on deflecting obvious failings by applying frankly pointless uniform changes. Minority wins in this case, utterly ridiculous.The school is becoming a laughing stock, locally and now sadly, nationally.

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    MARTIN

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Where in my comment does it state my children attend this school???....My children attend a school where they can have black or grey. I was simply stating my preference to a charcoal grey (dark grey for clarification). Why do you oppose these changes?? Clearly some pupils think it is OK to have their skirts up their backsides....would you as a parent think this is OK?? Your Headteacher is making a stance, and I for one applaud her. and for your information, I have listed Diss High school as one of my preferences for my son to attend in September. I thin ktheir results are great and this only comes from great leadership flowing thorugh the school. Be proud that your Headteacher wants your school to be smart and create a decent image.

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    luanmapo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Weak head making stupid rules again even her own staff won't back her my niece was told by her head of year to wear what she wants nobody will send her home

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    townie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I've had email conversations with the head and the trousers will be dark grey but a "very precise shade" and also they HAVE to be bought from the school and not other shops!

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    Just me

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • My daughter attends this school and I am opposed to these changes. This does not mean I am not interested in her education!

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    MD31

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Its a shame this head teacher was not as forceful when dealing with the chronic bullying at the school, the increase in staff turnover not to mention the incident a few years ago resulting in her suspension from duty. Thankfully my girls have left this ONCE excellent school. I feel for the parents, the staff do their best with limited support from the top, the head is weak and the governors seem intent on deflecting obvious failings by applying frankly pointless uniform changes. Minority wins in this case, utterly ridiculous.The school is becoming a laughing stock, locally and now sadly, nationally.

    Report this comment

    MARTIN

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • All these girls, no, all children, have some sort of idea they aspire to, something they would like to do with their future, thats why they are at school, to learn. This issue is blown out of all proportions, it says to me that staff are more concerned with the frilly edges than with the core of the issue, children learning something. This constant desire to dress them up in little uniforms, as if this matters, when they need to realise the huge potentials they have during their last years at school. Schools are not places to indoctrinate children with morals, that said, a knee high hemline should not result in parents taking their child out of school and to try and make publicity out of such pastoral diversions, away from focussing on education, a cry for help, not aa sign of stability or happy children.

    Report this comment

    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 14, 2014

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