Boys wearing skirts to school have won the right to wear shorts

EagleHeadline | Jun. 30, 2017

Thirty young LADs from the ISCA Academy in Exeter can now wear shorts to school, following a successful protest.

The boys, of various ages, attracted national attention by taking the unusual approach to getting a 'shorts ban' lifted - wearing skirts to class.

One LAD told the BBC at the time: "We're not allowed to wear shorts, and I'm not sitting in trousers all day, it's a bit hot."

The school policy was branded unfair after male pupils were instructed to wear trousers, but female pupils had the option of trousers and tartan skirts.

That was changed today, although their right to wear shorts will come in from next year.

The school altered its policy stating that 'as summers are becoming hotter', shorts will be brought in as uniform next year.

It claimed that it could not allow an immediate change to uniforms because it 'would put undue pressure on some of our families'.

"Contrary to news reports," a statement on the school's website said, "we have not banned shorts; shorts are simply not part of our school uniform.

"However, as summers are becoming hotter, shorts will be introduced as part of our school uniform next year, having first consulted with students and parents."

Following the recent high temperatures, the school had offered a slight leniency in their policy by allowing students not to wear their blazers or tie to school.

Top buttons could also be left undone, while shirts could be untucked 'if they are feeling very hot'.

The school added that none of the estimated 30 boys had been penalised for wearing skirts in the protest.

One mum, Claire Reeves, said yesterday: "I feel extremely proud of them all for standing up for their rights. People are always talking about equal rights for males and females and school uniform shouldn't be any different."

The school has finally matched its Ofsted rating, by making a 'good' move. Fair play to the LADs, and it goes to show that not all protests fall on death ears.

It just goes to show that actions really do speak louder than words.

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