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06th Sep 2017

This UK school is banning skirts for gender neutral-uniform

The new uniform will be compulsory for all new students.

Denise Curtin

Priory School in East Sussex, England is not allowing girls to wear skirts as part of the uniform anymore.

Instead, they are implementing a “gender-neutral” uniform to accommodate the transgender students.

Online, the school’s website states: “From September 2017, all new Priory Students will be required to wear our updated uniform.This uniform has been designed specifically in response to the many issues and suggestions raised by parents, students and school staff. Specifically, it addresses the current issues of inequality and decency. We hope that it will provide a smart, comfortable and affordable alternative to the current uniform. The new update consists of shirt, tie, school jumper and trousers. This is a gender-neutral uniform to be worn by all students.”

The school has also created a uniform for the hotter months of the year which consists of shorts and skorts instead of trousers. Making sure skirts remain banned.

The uniform will be compulsory for all students from Year 7 upwards.

One mother however told the local paper that she was not happy about the uniform change for her daughter saying: “My daughter said she has got a gender and it’s female so being gender neutral when she has got a gender is a big deal for her, as she is proud to be a girl.”

While another parent said: “The hypocrisy is what gets me the most. If girls dressing differently than boys is now to be considered sexist, then it is equally sexist to have female teachers wearing skirts and not wearing ties. If they want this, they must live the values they force on others and go fully gender free.”