To think that this 6th Form Dress Code is wrong.

(237 Posts)
alistron1 Thu 05-Sep-13 18:30:34

DD1's 6th Form has a strict dress code of business/office wear. They have to look smart - which is fine.

This week it's been really hot, yesterday DD1 wore 'bare legs' with her very modest skirt suit. She got told off - initially for wearing flesh coloured tights (tights should be black) and was referred to the dress code which she brought home for me to read.

It contains this line:

"This is a mixed environment with particular implications for the way in which female students should dress."

AIBU to complain about this statement?

QueenTilly Thu 18-Sep-14 17:21:40

An update from a student there? This policy was still an issue last April, I think.

moxon Thu 18-Sep-14 07:10:58

Not to encourage the further unzombie-ing of this thread, but sauvignon you made me giggle. Sympathies! flowers

sashh Thu 18-Sep-14 06:55:52

I'd ask exactly what the implications are because you can't work that out, unless they mean their establishment is not safe for female students in which case you would like to see their safe guarding policy.

ElephantsNeverForgive Wed 17-Sep-14 23:41:43

And as everyone says the rules are sexist twaddle.

Certain teachers obsessing about skirt length is the one that annoys me. "Stop looking at teen girls legs and go and plan a fucking lesson"

ElephantsNeverForgive Wed 17-Sep-14 23:39:35

Didn't

ElephantsNeverForgive Wed 17-Sep-14 23:39:16

I'm sure DDs DFs with that sort of dress code wear nice summer dresses and bare legs when warm.

DDs dress code is more relaxed school uniform than business and she did wear tights the first week when it was very warm here.

SquirrelWearingATrilby Wed 17-Sep-14 23:34:37

So all boys/men are rabid animals and just need a sniff of female flesh to become rapists?

Good lord. How do these men folk control their animal urges in summer walking around towns with girls/women in summer dresses no tights and worse, on the beach in bikinis

Best get those table legs covered up, we're roaring back to the Victorian times.

duhgldiuhfdsli Wed 17-Sep-14 22:50:13

The school in question has a watered down form of the same words in this year's sixth form dress code. The religious influence is still, one suspects, present: "This is a mixed environment so we ask students to dress modestly", but everything that is mentioned after that (cleavage, midriffs, skirts) clearly only applies to women. And the word "modesty" is a bit of a dog whistle, I suspect.

I read 9 pages before realising it was a zombie thread. sad

CatCushion Wed 17-Sep-14 22:02:42

DD's sixth form has a similar uniform policy, and there are people of various faiths there. The wording of their dress code is not offensive, and allows for 'tan' tights. It hadn't occurred to me before, I wonder whether they are allowed to have bare legs or not. I hated wearing tights at that age. I still do, come to that.

PersonOfInterest Wed 17-Sep-14 21:48:45

a zombie thread but I can still find that wording if I google it.

I absolutely have the rage that young women in an education establishment are being instructed to dress to avoid offending other religions.

WTAF?

NerfHerder Wed 17-Sep-14 21:46:19

mrsW- it was linked from another thread (in active convos).
Just wondering what the outcome was.

Cherriesandapples Wed 17-Sep-14 21:32:06

Oh how annoying - a zombie thread!

Cherriesandapples Wed 17-Sep-14 21:31:11

Whose religious sensibilities? The head teachers, local community, other pupils? Just who feels that they have the right to make girls wear black stockings? You should complain to Ofstead!

Marmiteandjamislush Wed 17-Sep-14 21:28:19

Is it a faith school?

MrsWinnibago Wed 17-Sep-14 21:26:26

You've bumped it Nerf? A zombie thread? Did you go looking for it? I am also keen to know though and think I have seen Alistron about.

NerfHerder Wed 17-Sep-14 21:23:25

I would love to know what the outcome of this complaint was... and whether alistron1's dd is applying for physics still! smile

Pixel Sat 14-Sep-13 22:38:50

You could have warned me about the link, she's showing her shoulders and knees at the same time. Oh the shame!
I see some people further down the page have fainted from the shock.

merrymouse Sat 14-Sep-13 20:49:27
ILoveAFullFridge Sat 14-Sep-13 15:20:26

"Immodest dress may offend religious sensibilities"

They've clearly not taken into account the religious sensibilities of any Muslim pupils or staff!

What utter claptrap.

pigletmania Sat 14-Sep-13 15:11:11

Go for it, absolutely shocking. What about ales having to dress modestly! absolutely sexist! This is not an Islamic country!

SconeRhymesWithGone Sat 14-Sep-13 15:01:03

Good point, merrymouse. Perhaps if the Duchess were planning to visit the school, they could send her a note ahead of time, warning her about "particular implications."

Good for you, OP, in persisting with your objections.

merrymouse Sat 14-Sep-13 09:51:17

It really is the explanation that's odd isnt it. Schools have all sorts of bizarre uniforms, but the idea that intelligent, committed sixth formers would be distracted by an outfit that would be worn by the duchess of Cambridge (visible knees, skin coloured tights) is a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

Its a bit "sorry miss, I wasnt listening to you because I was looking at knees".

Wearytiger Sat 14-Sep-13 08:02:30

Go for it OP.

My school was also very strict and every year our house mistress would read an announcement to the girls requesting that we desist from rolling up our (mid calf) skirts as 'the boys have complained that it makes the girls look cheap'). So very unlikely, and also offensive!

NoComet Fri 13-Sep-13 23:41:34

hmm the shorts in the sea in the last picture in the prospectus are certainly not modest business dress.

And can you wave to the big red brick phalic object for me grin

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