Skirts are back! School reverses ban imposed after fears over high hemlines

View - The John Colet School in Wendover
View - The John Colet School in Wendover
  • Skirts banned in 2011 over high hemline fears
  • Bringing them back part of string of changes, including blazers for boys and girls
  • Schools says efforts will be made to keep new uniform costs down for parents

Skirts are back on the sylabus for girls at a secondary school after they were banned for being too short.

In 2011 John Colet School in Wendover, imposed the ban, saying girls should wear trousers because it was concerned that hemlines were getting too high.

John Colet has reinstated skirts

John Colet has reinstated skirts

But after the Easter holidays they will return, as long as parents and pupils comply with the regulation pleated black skirt, bought from an official supplier.

A parent said: “ I am really glad that they have brought them back, it was a ridiculous decision at the time.

“The discomfort that the girls went through in the summers when it was really hot was not right.

“This has certainly upset parents.”

Wearing skirts is something girls like to do and should never have been banned

Jacqui Williams

Jacqui Williams, 38, whose niece attends the school, said: “Banning skirts was always rather lazy, the school made no effort to enforce the length rules before jumping in and saying trousers only.

“I’m glad they’ve backed down.

“My niece is on the verge of leaving school and won’t be affected, but the younger girls will benefit, wearing skirts is just something girls like to do and should never have been banned.”

Bringing back skirts is part of a slew of uniform changes introduced by the school, which includes a regulation maroon blazer replacing a sweatshirt for both sexes.

Christine McLintock, headteacher at the John Colet School in Wendover

Christine McLintock, headteacher at the John Colet School in Wendover

An announcement in the school news letter said: “The changes are not expected or intended to create higher uniform cost for parents/ carers. The uniform supplier will be selected for the best value for money and non-regulated items will be able to be purchased from a variety of local sources, at a range of prices, selected by a parent consulation group.”

At the time of the ban head teacher Christine McLintock, said that ‘skirts which make girls look like they’re going clubbing are not appropriate for school.’

And this week she said that feedback from parents on the u-turn had been positive.

She said: “As part of the school uniform review the decision has been made to introduce a regulation school skirt.

“Year seven to 11 girls can now wear a pleated skirt or trousers if they prefer.

“In 2012 it was decided that all year seven to 11 students would be required to wear school trousers. This decision was made as a result of students wearing skirts that did not reflect a professional school environment.

“At this time all students were made aware that the trouser policy would be introduced should unsuitable skirts repeatedly be worn.

“After 12 months the situation did not improve and a strict trousers only policy was introduced.”

She added: “Following a recent school uniform review, during which parents were invited to complete a survey to give their feedback, the new uniform policy was agreed.

“Parents’ feedback regarding the new policy and the regulation skirts has been positive.”