In 2004 Kesgrave School, Ipswich hit the national headlines as the first British school to impose a trousers-only dress code on its female pupils. Since then forty odd schools have followed suit – many bans have attracted media attention, but equally many have not. This website aims to redress that.
At its core, this website consists of a table and map of those schools that have bans, together with some suggestions of how to fight a ban if one is proposed in your school. It's worth noting that many of the schools that have proposed bans have been forced to back down in the face of parental and student opposition - that’s particularly true of schools in affluent areas where parents are more likely to push back.
Skirt bans do not have parental support and none has won through after a genuine consultation. Despite Department for Education guidelines that tell schools to only make changes to uniform after discussion with parents, most bans are simply announced after the fact.
The purpose of this site is to do something to slow the spread of this particular piece of political correctness. In particular it exists to raise the question – if female students must wear a shirt, tie, jacket and trousers (as many ban schools do) and if the staff dress code requires male teachers requires them to do the same, how on earth is it acceptable for female staff not to join in?
The information contained on this website has been obtained through a lot of internet searches and some detective work, combined with a manual check of the websites of 20% of England’s schools that was conducted by a couple of angry girls who attend one of the affected schools. While the list is almost certainly not complete, it is nearly so.