An East Sussex school has banned skirts in order to make its uniform gender neutral, accommodating transgender students.
Priory School, a mixed co-ed institution in Lewes with more than 1,100 pupils on the register, has ordered all new Year 7 pupils to wear gray trousers instead of gray skirts. Students in Year 8 to Year 11 are welcome to adopt the new uniform.
Head teacher Tony Smith brought in the rule following complaints from parents about “short skirts” and to make the uniform gender neutral for transgender students.
“Pupils have been saying why do boys have to wear ties and girl’s don’t, and girls have different uniform to boys. So we decided to have the same uniform for everybody from Year 7,” he said, according to Metro.
Another issue that we have is a small, but increasing number of transgender students, and therefore having the same uniform is important for them.”
A number of parents reportedly feel angry that trousers have been enforced at the school, which is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and was attended by ‘Good Morning Britain’ host Piers Morgan.
One mother, who spoke to the Telegraph but did not want to be named, said: “My daughter and her friends are appalled by this.