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Uniform thread update.. MP meeting tomorrow

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Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 11-Dec-14 09:33:38


I've had a long running thread about my dd's school not allowing girls to wear trousers as part of uniform.. Can't link as on phone. Anyway, all attempts to get school to change policy have failed and due to dd crying with the cold last week we got her a Dr note and she is now wearing trousers.

I still want this ridiculous rule changed though. I have a meeting with my MO tomorrow to try and get his support and to float the idea that it should be illegal for schools to discriminate in this manner as it is in employment situations.

Anyway, any tips for me ahead of the meeting? I've hardly slept al week and am far from feeing at the top of my game

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 11-Dec-14 09:36:23

No tips. but I want to say good luck. and we'll done you for challenging this. flowers

BuffyWithChristmasEarings Thu 11-Dec-14 09:50:19

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MollyMaDurga Thu 11-Dec-14 09:56:10

Great tips Buffy. Am marking my place and will pitch in if I can but just voicing my support for you Fish.
And I do think you have a good case here, you should win this thing and get the change you are after.

Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 11-Dec-14 09:57:59

Knowing there are people supporting me on here makes a huge difference. Thanks smile

DemistletoeAndWine Thu 11-Dec-14 10:01:53

Best of luck with this Fish

MsPoodleLover Thu 11-Dec-14 10:23:23

Good luck with this Fish. I really cant believe that we fought for this (and won) in 1972 when I started comprehensive school! Please keep us posted. keep it in your head that I and many, many other women are with you in spirit.

AuntieStella Thu 11-Dec-14 10:41:31

Fish's earlier thread here

Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 11-Dec-14 11:11:13

Thanks for the link Stella smile

Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 11-Dec-14 16:10:07

Do I dress business like?

BuffyWithChristmasEarings Thu 11-Dec-14 16:11:28

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MollyMaDurga Thu 11-Dec-14 16:13:10

Not in a skirt! grin
Smart trousers would be great, yes.

Amethyst24 Thu 11-Dec-14 16:15:21

Good luck, Fish. I can't believe the school are being such dicks about this.

BuffyWithChristmasEarings Thu 11-Dec-14 16:19:55

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spence82 Thu 11-Dec-14 16:27:47

Is this standard practise now for girls not to be able to wear trousers or just this school?

When I started secondary school in 93 girls where allowed trousers, knee length skirts and long skirts

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 11-Dec-14 16:28:43

Go fish!

I really admire your determination.

Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 11-Dec-14 16:36:32

Stubborn as a pig me grin

Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 11-Dec-14 16:37:24

Not standard at all spence.. All the other local school allow it

MinceSpy Thu 11-Dec-14 17:01:07

OP good luck with your challenge and well done for tackling this sexist issue head on. However, I'm not sure going down the DD crying because her leg are cold road is the right thing to do. Polyester trousers aren't warm for boys or girls and cuddly thick tights are warm and toasty.

NoUnauthorisedParking Thu 11-Dec-14 17:03:01

No tips to add, just a heartfelt thank you. And good luck! flowers

Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 11-Dec-14 17:10:48

Mince that's only relevant for why I got the Dr letter, my dd can't wear tights as she suffers with thrush.

Archangelfarchnad Thu 11-Dec-14 17:13:46

Good luck fish. It's appalling that this is still legal. I found it appallingly uncivilised back in the 1980s that we were forced to wear skirts in winter - and we weren't allowed to wear tights with them either, socks had to be below knee length. So it could be minus 5 outside, and as long as it wasn't raining you would be forced outside with a vicious wind going up your skirt and round your knickers.

"Polyester trousers aren't warm for boys or girls and cuddly thick tights are warm and toasty." Er, surely you're missing the point. If you can wear trousers you can wear the toasty tights under them as well, whether you're a girl or boy - and layering really is the best way to keep warm in winter. Trousers and tights together are far warmer and more practical than skirt and tights.

I'm in central Europe (where it gets really cold in winter) and there are no uniform requirements at school. As a consequence kids voluntarily dress much more sensibly and practically - fur-lined boots, jeans, warm tights and two pairs of socks. I can even get them to wear coats and hats/gloves etc. I'm so so glad my DC aren't at school in the UK and we have to deal with the kind of shite you've experienced.

PuffinsAreFictitious Thu 11-Dec-14 17:33:09

Good luck Fish!

Hope the MP realises that you're choosing who to vote for next year and does the right thing by your DD and the girls at the school.

Sending you feminist fist bumps grin

EhricJinglingHisBallsOnHigh Thu 11-Dec-14 17:48:05

Well done you! Girls uniform sometimes makes me boggle. Those ridiculous Mary Janes when boys wear warm, supportive shoes that cover their whole feet, and on the day when the temperature dropped below freezing in the morning I saw a girl at school in skirt and socks! Ridiculous. To be fair girls at DS school can wear trousers so it's a choice rather than rule but a bloody ridiculous one.

PrintScreen Thu 11-Dec-14 17:51:30

Is it a State school? I can't believe State schools are allowed to do this.

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