West Midlands three UKIP MEPs have today called for a ban on girls from wearing skirts at a Staffordshire school to be scrapped following news that a similar move at a Devon school is on hold.
UKIP MEPs Jill Seymour, James Carver and Bill Etheridge, say the ban at Trentham School, in Stoke-on-Trent, is part of a worrying trend of draconian school uniform regimes which are being brought in up and down the country.
One should ban, which was due to come into effect at Plymstock School in Plymouth in September, has been put on hold following concerns raised by parents that girls were being bullied into wearing trousers.
Commenting today, Jill Seymour MEP, said: "I was deeply concerned when I first heard about the skirt saga at Trentham School.
"Obviously, skirts should adhere to a dignified school uniform that is agreeable to all. We need a common sense approach to this not a draconian hard line blanket ban. Will female teachers be forced into wearing trousers in the future?"
James Carver MEP, said: "The situation is very concerning and I urge Trentham School to take note of Plymstock School which has now put its ban on hold to consult with people. Let teachers get on with teachers and not be dogged down by over the top rules."
Bill Etheridge MEP, added: "As MEPs were recently raised concerns about draconian food policies at schools which is seeing teachers confiscating treats such as scotch eggs from children's lunchboxes. Now we have the banning of skirts. Where will it ever end?"