Suffolk

Northgate School in Ipswich bans skirts from uniform

A school with 1,700 pupils in Suffolk is to ban skirts and is applying a trousers-only policy from September.

Northgate High School in Ipswich has withdrawn skirts from its approved uniform for students aged 11 to 18.

The school has had to send home some girls for wearing "inappropriate" skirts and others have rolled them at the waist to make hemlines shorter.

Head teacher David Hutton said he had had only two complaints so far and one of these was on financial grounds.

Mr Hutton said: "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.

Financial help

"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.

"Kesgrave and St Albans High Schools already have a trousers-only policy, and discussions with staff at both institutions confirm that the change has made a huge difference for the better."

Since writing to parents about the decision only two had complained, he said.

One of these was about financial circumstances, which the school has offered to help with.

The other was from a parent who was not aware of the measures the school had already taken to address the problem.

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