Skirts are the appropriate uniform for boys who are too hot in the summer months. Shorts are not appropriate, says staff at an upmarket secondary school.
Chiltern Edge Secondary School in Oxfordshire has introduced a ‘more formal’ uniform policy allowing trousers and skirts as the only leg wear.
Parent Alastair Vince-Porteous asked staff if his son could wear tailored shorts but the school said that they were not part of the uniform.
However, when quizzed about the boy being able to wear a skirt, the father said he was told that the uniform policy was gender neutral and boys could of course wear skirts.
Mr Vince-Porteous said: ‘I know that in the past other schools have worn skirts, so I asked if my son able to do that and the school said yes.
Another parent added: ‘We send our children to Chiltern Edge, not Eton!’ Joanne Muday said: ‘It’s nuts to make the kids wear blazers and ties when it gets very hot.
‘If people say the kids need to stick to the rules, we change the rules!’
The school’s headmaster, Moira Green, said: ‘In September 2017, with the support of parents, Chiltern Edge made the decision to move to a more formal uniform. This has been a success.
‘Maiden Erlegh Trust, in preparation for September 2018, wholeheartedly support Chiltern Edge’s adoption of a more formal uniform.’
In August the school will join the Maiden Erlegh Trust and become an academy.
The school has the capacity for 900 pupils, but as of January last year the student base was only 507.