Support for head in skirt row

HEADTEACHERS across the county have today expressed their support for Kesgrave High School's skirt ban.The controversial decision taken by headteacher George Thomas and school governors went on to hit headlines around the world, with everyone eager to have their say on the issue.

HEADTEACHERS across the county have today expressed their support for Kesgrave High School's skirt ban.

The controversial decision taken by headteacher George Thomas and school governors went on to hit headlines around the world, with everyone eager to have their say on the issue.

Now, teachers around Suffolk have said they understand why the ban was introduced but feel it is unlikely they will be taking such extreme measures in the near future.

The Evening Star surveyed a selection of teachers across Suffolk and found that most were behind Mr Thomas's decision.

David Floyd, headteacher at Thomas Mills high school in Framlingham, said: "I think it very much depends upon your own circumstances and how the children get to school.

"It's entirely understandable the governors should have taken that line, but it's not an issue for us really. I understand a majority of the pupils at Kesgrave cycle to school but most of ours arrive by bus or are brought in by parents.

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"That's not to say we don't have to deal with the issue of short skirts, but if it becomes a problem we deal with it and, at this stage, I don't think the governors or I would feel the need to introduce such a ban."

Other schools said the issue of short skirts had not been a particular problem.

Michael Crawshaw, headteacher at Debenham High, said: "It's not something we have considered as we don't have a problem with girls wearing short skirts. I understand where Kesgrave are coming from but hope it's not something we ever have to do."

Dave Shorten, headteacher at Stradbroke High in Eye, said he believed the issue of uniform was entirely up to the individual school to decide: "I heard the head of Kesgrave talking on Five Live and he said it was part of the consultative process involving a change in uniform. If that is the case I am in total support.

"When we want to make changes to our uniform we discuss the changes with students and parents.

"I wouldn't want to make any generalisations. It depends on individual schools."

Beth Soule, headteacher at Claydon, said: "I wouldn't like to talk about Kesgrave in particular but uniform is something we insist on and I think all youngsters should be dressed appropriately in what is essentially a place of work."

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