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.
One mother, who spoke to the Telegraph but did not want to be named, said: …
“The hypocrisy is what gets me the most. If girls dressing differently than boys is now to be considered sexist, then it is equally sexist to have female teachers wearing skirts and not wearing ties.
“If they want this, they must live the values they force on others and go fully gender free.”
Another parent, mother-of-four Lara, who did not want to give her surname, told the newspaper: “My daughter said she has got a gender and it’s female, so being gender neutral when she has a gender is a big deal for her, as she is proud to be a girl.
hat-tip Stephen Neil