A highly rated New Forest school has become the first in the country to re-introduce skirts after imposing a ban. Burgate School imposed trousers-only in 2009 following concerns about the short skirts worn by some girls: as with all the schools listed on this site, it took the easy and politically correct option rather than simply enforce its own uniform rules.

Now a new headteacher has changed direction and from September 2011 skirts have been allowed again (although this time only a single design from a single supplier is permitted)

It is a contention of this website that skirt bans are driven entirely by headteachers and senior staff and that governing bodies (which formally make decisions on uniform) tend to be weak and easily led. It took a new head to lift the ban and that’s likely to be true elsewhere.