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Freman College in Buntingford to ban skirts from uniform

A Hertfordshire school is to ban skirts from its uniform because of concerns about their length.

Pupils at Freman College in Buntingford have been told trousers will be compulsory for girls who start at the school this September.

Skirts will be banned for all students under 16 from September 2013.

Governors took the decision after staff reported skirt length had become a "major issue" which could "impact adversely on girls' learning".

Parents sampled

Girls under 16 currently have the choice of wearing skirts or trousers.

A staff working group recommended to the board of governors that students should not be allowed to wear skirts.

Governors were told a sample group of parents were asked for their views and "in the main" they welcomed the ban.

The school said it hoped the proposed time scale would allow parents to restock without additional expense.

The head teacher was unavailable for comment.

Freman College is a mixed comprehensive upper school for 13 to 18-year-olds and is believed to be the first school in Hertfordshire to decide on a skirt ban.

Sixth form students, who do not have to wear uniform, will not be affected by the change.

Research by campaign group, School Skirt Ban, which is opposed to bans on skirts, suggests just 41 of more than 3,500 secondary schools in the UK have imposed such a rule.

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