DOZENS of schoolboys wore skirts to school in last week’s hot weather when they were told they couldn’t wear shorts.
Around 50 lads from Years 7 to 11 at ISCA College in Exeter, Devon, turned up in skirts the day after the hottest day of the year. Parents say the school uniform policy is too strict because boys have to wear long trousers whatever the weather.
So, they decided to wear the girls’ uniform instead! Some boys were seen borrowing spare skirts from girls near the school.
One boy smiled: “I liked wearing it – it was a nice breeze.”
A mum of a 14-year-old boy at the school said: “The boys see the women teachers in sandals and nice cool skirts and tops while they are wearing long trousers and shoes and the older boys have to wear blazers.
“They just think it’s unfair that they can’t wear shorts in this heat. They are doing this to cool down – but also to protest.”
Head teacher Aimee Mitchell is thinking about changing the uniform rules now.
She said: “We recognise that the last few days have been exceptionally hot and we are doing our utmost to enable both students and staff to remain as comfortable as possible.
“Shorts are not currently part of our uniform for boys and I would not want to make any changes without consulting both students and their families.
“However, with hotter weather becoming more normal, I would be happy to consider a change for the future.”