Rossendale high school defends uniform policy

A HIGH school has defended its trousers-only uniform rule for girls after criticism of the policy from a national group.

All Saints’ Catholic High School in Rawtenstall introduced the rule after a uniform review in 2005 and head teacher said the ban on skirts has continued ‘without incident’ since.

Newly launched website www.schoolskirtban.co.uk has claimed there are 41 schools nationwide with a trousers-only rule for girls.

In East Lancashire, only All Saints is named as having such a policy.

Head teacher Tim Beesley, said: “It was before my time here but I’m told the there was a uniform review in 2005 which brought in other changes such as getting rid of school ties and introducing polo shirts and fleeces.

“There has been another comprehensive review since then and the policy was retained. We have an excellent record of consultation at the school and parents were fully involved in the process.

“The issue has not been raised while I have been head.”

A spokesman for the anti-skirt ban group, which is campaigning for girls to be given the choice of wearing skirts, said schools were being ‘hypocritical’.

He said: “Were a company to threaten to sack female staff that would not wear a shirt, tie, jacket and trousers on a daily basis, it would lay itself open to prosecution for indirect sexual discrimination.

“Yet a growing number of secondary schools impose just such a restriction on their female pupils, while hypocritically exempting their female staff from having to comply with the same dress code as male teachers. “ In November, All Saints’ was praised by inspectors for making ‘significant improvement in many areas’.

An Ofsted report rated it as good for the majority of areas, including curriculum, pupil safety, behaviour and contributing to the wider community.

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10:14pm Sat 25 Feb 12

burner says...

Is this for real ?
Is this for real ? burner

10:12am Sun 26 Feb 12

jack daniels says...

Am I right in thinking that no parents have complained?

Is this just another example of the telegraph making news up just to fill a page in its pitiful paper?
Am I right in thinking that no parents have complained? Is this just another example of the telegraph making news up just to fill a page in its pitiful paper? jack daniels

11:37am Sun 26 Feb 12

gutterpress says...

Well at least it will stop fat 14 year olds thinking they look good with a skirt just about covering their backsides.
Well at least it will stop fat 14 year olds thinking they look good with a skirt just about covering their backsides. gutterpress

1:12pm Sun 26 Feb 12

Your ferret stinks says...

What next, headscarfs, veils maybe?
What next, headscarfs, veils maybe? Your ferret stinks

4:03pm Sun 26 Feb 12

ianloveday says...

this is pathetic, if girls want to wear skirts they should let them, this is england not asia
this is pathetic, if girls want to wear skirts they should let them, this is england not asia ianloveday

8:23pm Sun 26 Feb 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

I agree with the pants issue, its better than having the girls trail around looking like slappers as they do at Darwen Academy with their stupid coloured hair do's and slappings of makeup, is anyone in charge of this fiasco, what a dumb idea letting them design their own uniform, I wonder who voted for the flared micro mini and long socks, stupid, just concentrate on the education and get some pants on. They look like a bunch of amy winehouse band of gold cast members.
I agree with the pants issue, its better than having the girls trail around looking like slappers as they do at Darwen Academy with their stupid coloured hair do's and slappings of makeup, is anyone in charge of this fiasco, what a dumb idea letting them design their own uniform, I wonder who voted for the flared micro mini and long socks, stupid, just concentrate on the education and get some pants on. They look like a bunch of amy winehouse band of gold cast members. Keep Darwen Green

10:23pm Sun 26 Feb 12

Graham Hartley says...

The girls of Paddock House Convent Grammar School - Catholic, indeed - were allowed skirts but were advised not to wear highly-polished shoes. One wonders if the trousers-for-all view has a strong history in Catholic secondary schools.
The girls of Paddock House Convent Grammar School - Catholic, indeed - were allowed skirts but were advised not to wear highly-polished shoes. One wonders if the trousers-for-all view has a strong history in Catholic secondary schools. Graham Hartley

9:41am Mon 27 Feb 12

gazzandste says...

Keep Darwen Green wrote:
I agree with the pants issue, its better than having the girls trail around looking like slappers as they do at Darwen Academy with their stupid coloured hair do's and slappings of makeup, is anyone in charge of this fiasco, what a dumb idea letting them design their own uniform, I wonder who voted for the flared micro mini and long socks, stupid, just concentrate on the education and get some pants on. They look like a bunch of amy winehouse band of gold cast members.
I fully agree with you, any shorter they might as well wear nothing. Some of them are disgusting, their parents must be as bad to allow their child, thats what they are a child to wear such things. Good on you All Saints, make them cover up.
[quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: I agree with the pants issue, its better than having the girls trail around looking like slappers as they do at Darwen Academy with their stupid coloured hair do's and slappings of makeup, is anyone in charge of this fiasco, what a dumb idea letting them design their own uniform, I wonder who voted for the flared micro mini and long socks, stupid, just concentrate on the education and get some pants on. They look like a bunch of amy winehouse band of gold cast members.[/p][/quote]I fully agree with you, any shorter they might as well wear nothing. Some of them are disgusting, their parents must be as bad to allow their child, thats what they are a child to wear such things. Good on you All Saints, make them cover up. gazzandste

11:57am Mon 27 Feb 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

good most young girls now look like little slappers,skirts around there waist fat birds thinking they look like super models all schools sould have this rule at least the girls would look decent for a change
good most young girls now look like little slappers,skirts around there waist fat birds thinking they look like super models all schools sould have this rule at least the girls would look decent for a change everywhere is sh1t

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