Report by Charlotte Richardson , chief reporter
Sunday, September 16, 2012
A NORTH Somerset school has banned tight-fitting trousers and short skirts in an effort to prevent ‘the sexualisation of children’.
Worle Community School says it told parents last academic year that girls had to wear plain, black tailored trousers from the start of the new term.
But instead some youngsters returned to classes wearing ‘sexy girl’ labels and tight ‘figure hugging’ garments last week.
So deputy headteacher, Lesley Evans, has sent a further letter home to parents telling them the school dress code now requires girls to wear a plain, black, tailored knee-length skirt or plain, black, tailored trousers, worn on the waist.
Students have been told garments must not reveal any underwear and leggings, skinny trousers and jeans are banned.
By the end of October all girls’ trousers will need to be straight, bootcut or flared and fitted on the waist.
By the end of December trousers or skirts with fittings associated with jeans, including jeans-style buttons and studs, logos and labels visible when they are worn, will also be banned at the Redwing Drive school.
Parent Darren Wells, whose daughter Ashleigh is in year 11, says it is ‘pathetic’ she has been subjected to the new rules when she is in her final months of school.
He said: “She’s been wearing these types of trousers for two years.
“I agree they shouldn’t have pink hair, but we all went to school once and we know what it’s like.
“This is a crucial time for my daughter.”
But Ms Evans told the Mercury this week she is concerned the dress of some students could draw attention to a part of a girl’s body that is ‘inappropriate’ for school.
She said: “We have girls wearing trousers with two rows of three jeans buttons directly on the front of the trousers in place of a conventional fastening.
“They are not normally a feature of tailored trousers and draw attention to a part of a girl’s body we feel is inappropriate for school.
“We have a moral duty not to support the sexualisation of children and to remove social pressure to confirm to worrying stereotypes.”