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Girls not allowed to wear trousers to school? I thought we were in the 21st century?

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TheYearOfTheCatMPADist Sun 21-Jun-09 23:38:21

My DD is due to start primary school in September. I have been reading through the school's info pack, and I am really surprised (and hacked off) that the school specifies for winter school uniform, girls must wear a skirt & tights, and not trousers. hmm

Is this normal? It seems so unnecessary. I can't really put into words how I feel, as it is pretty late, but it seems to be reinforcing gender stereotypes.

I am considering raising the issue with the head teacher, but would appreciate any views.

Doodle2u Sun 21-Jun-09 23:41:10

Oddly enough, I was reading a news story the other day about a school who were considering making trousers compulsary and banning skirts!

SlartyBartFast Sun 21-Jun-09 23:44:04

no trousers?
that is unusual

mummywilldrive Sun 21-Jun-09 23:49:53

Wow very unusual and I thought they couldn't stop them wearing trousers now. If it was my dd1's school she just wouldn't go, she refuses to wear skirts or dresses in ay shape or form. She's the only girl in the whole school who goes in in trousers and a polo shirt on a hot summers day. All the other girls are wearing summer dresses.

I would definately take it up with head.

TheYearOfTheCatMPADist Sun 21-Jun-09 23:51:01

It just seems so wrong to foist such a visible division on children.

A good friend is in the police, and up until 10 years ago, she had to wear skirts and tan coloured tights, even in the depths of winter. It made chasing criminals pretty difficult, and was just yet another stupid rule which helped to reinforce assumptions that women weren't as good as their male counter-parts.

Oh too late for me - off to bed, because I can't think straight.

TheYearOfTheCatMPADist Sun 21-Jun-09 23:54:25

I am also pretty surprised, because my DD has been attending the nursery unit attached to the school, and all the children there were jogging bottoms - I never for a moment thought it would be any different at 'big school'.

Now I'm really going to bed.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Sun 21-Jun-09 23:55:29

There is one primary school in our town that does this. If I were a parent I would definitely raise the issue. My DDs always wear trousers to school, much more practical IMO.

Quattrocento Sun 21-Jun-09 23:57:27

Is it an independent school, OP? Because this is perfectly standard IME for independent schools.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Mon 22-Jun-09 00:00:50

Is it really, Quatt? Blimey!

sunnydelight Mon 22-Jun-09 00:05:43

Even our (independent) school that is totally anal about uniform allows girls to wear trousers if they want, in reality very few of them do though.

Quattrocento Mon 22-Jun-09 00:10:11

Ours don't even let the boys wear trousers! They have to wear shorts all year round. Poor DS has very cold knees in winter.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Mon 22-Jun-09 00:12:09

How old do they have to be before they get to wear long trousers?

Quattrocento Mon 22-Jun-09 00:16:59

11. DS is 9. Only another two years of chilly knees to go ...

LadyGlencoraPalliser Mon 22-Jun-09 00:19:51

Goodness. What is it for? Is it a class diffrentiation thing? We hold to our quaint old customs because it was men in shorts with sunburnt knees wot built the empire?

Smithagain Mon 22-Jun-09 11:15:47

Our local independent school doesn't allow trousers for girls. Very strict uniform: a specific winter pinafore dress, with a specific blouse and cardigan, all from the local suppliers.

Yes, they look very smart. But you do have to ask whose benefit it's all for.

Just one reason why DD doesn't go there!

BonsoirAnna Mon 22-Jun-09 11:19:12

I could not contemplate sending my children to a school that enforced skirts upon girls in all weathers, or shorts upon boys.

What other out-of-date, authoritarian practices would be hidden behind the scenes at a school that imposed such a visible indication of its failure to move with the times?

stealthsquiggle Mon 22-Jun-09 11:24:26

Don't sit on the fence there Anna (as ever)hmm. DS's (independent) school has both skirts for girls and year-round shorts for boys (up to 8). It's not hiding anything particularly out-of-date or authoritarian that I have found in 3 years.

Blu Mon 22-Jun-09 11:24:46

If it is a state community school, they cannot enforce uniform, which i guess would give you the option of simply sending her in trousers.
Depends on how comfortable you feel with sticking out like sore thumb.

but maybe other parents would quickl fllow suit!

Chandra Mon 22-Jun-09 11:28:25

It was the same in DS's last school, girls and boys had different uniforms (summer dress vs bermudas, skirts and tightsvs trousers, and so on).

One summer dress was more expensive than 3 full sets of boy's unfiorms.

But people still thought the girls looked beautiful in them hmm

thedolly Mon 22-Jun-09 12:15:37

shock that people filter schools on the basis of whether or not girls can wear trousers.

Have you never heard of 'tradition' or is that a bad word now too?

Ivykaty44 Mon 22-Jun-09 12:23:22

Schools have been know to filter pupils through uniform expense hmm

BonsoirAnna Mon 22-Jun-09 12:25:06

Tradition is a bad word in my educational book, yes!

LadyGlencoraPalliser Mon 22-Jun-09 12:27:16

Bad word? Well, tradition purely for tradition's sake is not top of my list of values to teach my children.
And I have three DDs who prefer to wear trousers to school in winter for reasons of practicality, warmth and comfort then I would discount a school which was so inflexible as to refuse them that option.

pooka Mon 22-Jun-09 12:29:00

Am convinced that if this is a state school, they haven't a leg to stand on. Even the prissiest fussiest state primaries round here have had to acknowledge that they cannot stop girls from wearing trousers.

DD would burst into shameful flames if I put her in trousers, but at least 3 or 4 girls in each class wear trousers.

JodieO Mon 22-Jun-09 12:31:42

Totally agree with Anna.

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