Girls from Walkwood Church of England Middle School in Redditch, Worcestershire, have been told to wear trousers from September amid concerns over shrinking hemlines. (Agencies)
The school will also ban female pupils from donning blouses from 2014 to ensure boys and girls wear the same uniform, a media report said. But the move has been branded "crazy" by parents who warned that denying young girls the chance to wear skirts would leave them confused.
63 schools bar children from wearing skirts
One campaign group said 63 schools currently barred children from wearing skirts. David Doubtfire, the head teacher, said the ban was necessary because pupils were wearing increasingly shorter skirts.
"Some of the older girls were beginning to wear extremely short skirts. It was becoming difficult, especially when it came to them sitting down in the school hall. It was very unladylike," Doubtfire said.
"We would ask them to make their skirts longer, but they would just roll them up again when we turned away. We want to simplify the uniform. It was getting complicated and this should make it cheaper for parents. Some of the blouses were expensive," he said.
A group of 20 parents have now written to the school to complain over the skirt ban. One parent, who did not want to be named, said, "You hear so much about the over sexualisation of children these days but to call a nine-year-old girl unladylike is absurd".
"They aren't ladies, they are young girls. And to stop them from wearing skirts is just going to confuse them. I've always been against skirt bans, but I understand there has to be a limit for teenagers as they are turning into young women," the parent said.
Girls from Walkwood Church of England Middle School in Redditch, Worcestershire, have been told to wear trousers from September amid concerns over shrinking hemlines.