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.