John Colet School in Wendover bans skirts from uniform

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A Buckinghamshire school has banned girls from wearing skirts after its guidance on length was ignored.

Pupils at John Colet School in Wendover have been told trousers will be compulsory from January 2012.

Head teacher Christine McLintock said the majority of girls at the school already wear trousers and only a small number would be affected by the ban.

"Some parents have been upset by the decision, but a number have thanked us for taking a firm line," she said.

'Poor image'

In a letter about the ban, parents were told some skirts failed to cover the wearer's modesty, particularly when walking up stairs.

It also said that girls walking to and from school wearing short or tight skirts gave a poor image of the school within the local community.

"The way that our students look is the public face of the school and reflects on the whole school community," said Mrs McLintock.

The school said that if buying trousers caused financial hardship for any family, it would provide two pairs of appropriate school trousers for the pupil to wear.

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