Children Edge Secondary School in Oxfordshire had brought a new policy in their uniform at the start of academic year. The idea behind the introduction was to make the school uniforms ”more formal”.
There was a consensus that only leg wear permitted on-site would be trousers or skirts. With the advent of summer, the school is still holding strong on to the rules strongly, by refusing the boys to allow shorts even if they are tailored. With the gender neutral policies adopted by institutions extensively, bosses said boys could wear skirts instead.
A parent Alistair Vince Porteous has confirmed that this is the new suggestion/rule and added. “I was told shorts are not part of the uniform. It’s a shame we can’t be more grown up about it, we aren’t asking for ra-ra skirts or skinny jeans, just grey tailored shorts for two months a year, it’s not a big deal.
“I know that in the past other schools have worn skirts so I asked if my son was able to do that – and the school said yes.”
Another parent Joanne Muday said “Its nuts to make the kids wear blazers and ties when it gets very hot.”
The new rule is a part of its policy to adopt more gender neutral rules to make transgenders feel more at ease. About the new changes, headteacher Moira Green said “In September 2017, with the support of parents, Chiltern Edge made the decision to move to a more formal uniform. This has been a success. Maiden Erlegh Trust, in preparation for September 2018, wholeheartedly support Chiltern Edge’s adoption of a more formal uniform. “