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Tight fashion trousers banned at Gloucestershire school

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Sasha Hicks

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When are trousers the wrong sort of trousers?

If you are a student at one Gloucestershire school the wrong trousers are tight ones.

Headteacher at Tewkesbury School Gary Watson has ruled that, from September “fashion trousers” will not be allowed because he does not feel they meet a high enough standard of dress.

Sasha Hicks, a 15-year-old pupil who lives in Northway, said her parents bought her slim-fit trousers after she was bullied when wearing normal ones.

She said: “This made me feel more confident and, to be honest, made me feel smarter.

“I understand that some things are inappropriate but the teachers each have different opinions on what is suitable. I have been told by some teachers my trousers are perfectly acceptable and others that I need to change them.

“Also I do know some boys who wear slim-fit trousers and so it is unfair that the school have only penalised the girls.

“I try hard at school and although I struggle, like anybody else, I think I do well. Surely my education and self esteem are more important than the clothes I wear?”

In a school newsletter, Mr Watson said: “There has been a significant improvement in the standard of dress over the last two years and for that I am grateful of your support.

“This year, however, amongst the girls, we have had a proliferation of ‘fashion’ trousers which do not meet the uniform regulations. Rather than create unnecessary tensions mid-year with high-achieving girls and supportive families, I would like to give you notice that, from September, girls’ trousers that are skinny, Lycra, jeggings or stretch fabric will not be permitted.

“This is not a change in policy, but merely an enforcement of the existing regulations on the website.”

Sasha’s father Lee Hicks said he felt his daughter’s tight trousers were respectable. “It’s mad that they seem to chop and change what they think is okay or not without any thought of the cost to the parents,” he added.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  May 07 2014, 3:15PM

    I agree with Timmy, except that school uniforms have a tendency to be more expensive than ordinary clothes.

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  • timmy0811  |  May 07 2014, 1:00PM

    copy and paste : Uniform adjective meaning. remaining the same in all cases and at all times; unchanging in form or character. There are several reasons why: 1. Because every student is wearing the same uniform, no one can be teased on how they are dressed. Like, no one will tease them about how their shirt might not match their jacket or their denim jacket doesn't look good with faded blue denim. 2. When going on an excursion, to the city for example, if a student gets lost, it will be easier for his/her peers and teachers to identify him/her in his/her school uniform than if they were wearing casual. 3. It prevents gang colours. 4. Uniforms decrease violence and theft because of clothing and shoes. 5. Reduces distraction for students. 6. Helps schools recognize who doesn't belong on the campus. 7. If the school had no uniform, it would add the the expenses of the parents by their children making them buy new clothes all the time. But if you had uniform, a set of the uniform can probably last you over 2-3 years.

  • Douglasknows  |  May 07 2014, 12:26PM

    Girls as young as 15 (or younger) have been showing off the figures for years. I remember my older sister leaving the house in a school uniform then when out of sight of home she would roll up her skirt and make it a fashionable '60's mini.

  • LordGagas  |  May 07 2014, 11:39AM

    girls' trousers that are skinny, Lycra, jeggings or stretch fabric will not be permitted. JEGGINGS? these are not trousers!!

  • Ali69  |  May 07 2014, 10:24AM

    Here a concept for you. Instead of trying to create an huge problem over a small issue how about praising the Head for trying to get the School to look smart. Try taking a look smart act smart approach. All this acticle is doing is creating a negative attitude towards authority. We wonder why we live in the world we do today, because people will not be told. Authority happens throughout your life. I can just imagine my friend who is a Policeman going to his boss and saying I am going to wear Tight Black skinnys tomorrow. The answer is simply No there is a uniform wear it! Shame on the paper for making this such a problem. How about a balanced view, oh no lets just cause peoblems between the students parents and the school. Absolute joke of an article. On facebook earlier they said we are missing the bigger picture this is about bullying. It makes no difference what you wear if a bully wants to bully they will and surely if they all wear the said it takes away that opportunity!