Is Diss High School right to ban pupils from wearing skirts?


Diss High School has made national headlines this week over its decision to ban pupils from wearing skirts to school.

All pupils will have to wear grey trousers.

The ban, which will come in to force from September, was in part in response to some pupils who were considered to be wearing skirts which were “very short and inappropriate in a school environment”.

Dr Jan Hunt, headteacher of Diss High School, said: “All schools review their uniform policy from time to time to ensure that it is both smart and practical. A focus group made up of students, staff and governors, recently met to look at our uniform and see if it could be improved.

“They recommended that, from September, all students should wear the same grey trousers. This means that the uniform policy will be the same for all children, regardless of their gender.

“The change will help to ensure that all children are dressed smartly and will mean that students will no longer be able to wear skirts that are very short and inappropriate in a school environment. “Inevitably, there has been a mixed reaction to this decision but we believe that it is the best interests of our students and school.

“We will be ensuring that financial support is offered to parents to support this transition.”

But Florence Ellis, of Diss, a South Norfolk Councillor, former secondary school teacher, and governor at Manor Field Infant and Nursery School in Long Stratton, said the decision was wrong.

She said: “There are already (uniform) rules and regulations and it (school) is a place where young people learn about how to fit in to society. It is part of growing up.

“When I was at school we all taped up our skirts, but they were measured and we had to take them down again.”

What do you think? Is Diss High School right to ban skirts as part of its uniform? Will a trousers-only policy help the learning environment? Comment below, email, or write to Diss Express, Mere Street, Diss Norfolk, IP22 4AE.