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article imageOp-Ed: UK secondary school bans girls from wearing skirts

By Christopher Bates     Aug 23, 2011 in World
Ipswich - In order to stop girls wearing 'inappropriate attire', a secondary school in Ipswich has banned skirts for the new school year.
Northgate High School is the third school in the county of Suffolk to impose a ban on skirts, after several girls were sent home for wearing super-short styles.
Headteacher David Hutton said: "At Northgate we expect pupils to be well behaved, to work hard and comply with our rules and expectations.
"In return they receive a good education in a positive learning environment, which results in the vast majority achieving qualifications and acquiring skills and attributes that enhance their future opportunities.
"With regard to uniform, unfortunately despite contacting specific parents, sending some girls home to change, requiring others to wear a school-owned skirt for the day and repeatedly asking others to "unroll" their skirts at the waist we still had some girls coming to school in inappropriate skirts.
"I have therefore introduced a trousers-only policy, which will enable my staff to focus their time and effort on providing pupils with the best education possible.
"We are not the first local school to come to the conclusion that all pupils should wear trousers."
Earlier this year, a secondary school in Croydon banned students from hugging, shaking hands and exchanging high-fives. While that particular case was extreme, this one is more than understandable.
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