When is a school skirt too short?

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PARENTS have reacted angrily at the way their teenage daughters were put into ‘isolation’ because their school skirts were ruled to be too short.

Checks were carried out at Rastrick High School as pupils returned from their summer holidays.

Complaints have been lodged by a number of parents who believe their daughters have been singled out unfairly.

Lee Connor from Brighouse was one to voice his objections when his 13-year-old daughter Asia was put into isolation for breaching uniform rules, despite going into school the previous day in the exact same uniform.

“I am very angry and can’t understand why they have done this after she went in the previous day and nothing was said by teachers,” he said. “She has a very slender build so it is difficult finding skirts that fit properly but I can’t see any problems with the one she wore as it was down to her knees like the rules state.

“I don’t think they would have gone around all the boys asking them to pull their trousers up to make sure they were wearing the right coloured socks.

“I can understand rules being in place but it seems they are wanting them to all look the same. How can such a tiny thing like uniform affect their learning and education?”

Some parents have said the issue has left their child distressed and upset.

One parent said: “Clearly, the school has not considered the diverse range of sizes and heights of children. It might have been better policy to introduce a ‘hip to hem’ measurement rather than discriminating against my daughter because she is tall and slim and couldn’t wear a skirt which fitted her around the waist as well as reaching her knees.

“One male member of staff ruled some children’s uniforms as acceptable but was overruled by his seniors so there appears to be a distinct lack of clarity.”

Another said: “My daughter was up early and keen to get to school to start studying for her GCSE year. When she arrived she was sent into isolation because her skirt was too short.

“I am quite strict on how she looks for school. I am more than willing to abide by school rules and regulations. I agree students should be smart but I find this behaviour more than extreme.”

Headteacher Helen Lennie said the overwhelming majority of students had started the school year in correct uniform.

“The only real issue we have experienced has been a small number of girls whose skirts have not been of the correct length. The school has made it quite clear that skirts should be ‘knee length’ – a standard description which indicates a skirt which is sufficiently long enough to be practical and also ensuring appropriate decorum.

“Each morning during the first week back, senior staff monitor all students’ uniforms as they arrive. Where any student’s uniform does not match our agreed policy, senior staff talk to students and their parents about how the situation can be rectified as quickly as possible. Given these issues involve a minority and because each student is treated as an individual all discussions are conducted outside of the normal class situation.

“Students who were identified as having inappropriate skirts were able to wear school trousers instead as an acceptable alternative within the agreed uniform policy until a suitable skirt could be purchased. In certain cases the school works with individual families.”