Kent

Herne Bay High School reconsiders ban on skirts

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Image caption Pupils at Herne Bay High School have been told to wear skirts no higher than 10cm above the knee

A secondary school in Kent that had threatened to make female pupils wear trousers because their skirts were too short has reconsidered its proposal.

Herne Bay High School warned parents last October the ban would be enforced if their daughters continued to wear skirts higher than 10cm above the knee.

It has now said from September girls choosing skirts instead of trousers must wear a standardised school skirt.

The school added that alternative skirts would not be permitted.

Principal Claire Owen had initially taken the decision to consider a ban following "repeated interventions from staff".

The website, School Skirt Ban, which monitors the number of schools across the UK which have a ban on skirts, said it had been contacted by the parent of a pupil at Herne Bay High School, who described the latest decision as "a victory for common sense".

The parent added there had been "no reason to punish all the girls".

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