Schoolboys told they can wear skirts but not shorts due to gender neutral uniform policy. At a school not too far from Oasis, parents have hit out at new school uniform rules which mean that in hot weather boys can wear skirts – but not shorts.
The changes in policy at Wymondham High Academy follow complaints from families that boys were being forced to wear trousers during the summer term, when temperatures can soar. The school agreed to review the regulations, but rather than permitting shorts it introduced a ‘gender neutral’ policy, permitting boys and girls to wear trousers or skirts – and neither to wear shorts.
The headteacher, defended the new policy as “something we are very proud of” and said it had involved consultation with families.
“Offering a skirt as an option is not gender neutral. It would be gender neutral to offer both boys and girls the option of a skirt or shorts.
“A skirt is in item of clothing traditionally associated with girls so although it is absolutely fine for a boy to wear a skirt, many boys and girls might feel uncomfortable about that and would choose to wear shorts.”
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