A school sent home dozens of female students this week - because their tight trousers and short skirts were not “demure and modest” enough.
Pupils were turned away at the gates of Bletchley’s Lord Grey School on Monday morning if they failed to pass a stringent uniform check.
Furious parents claim that up to 70 youngsters were sent home, while headteacher Dr Tracey Jones says the number was 29 – the equivalent of an entire class.
“We are protecting our female students. They should look demure and modest and not appear over-sexualised in figure-hugging trousers or very short skirts,” she told the Citizen.
“We have a tower block with six flights of stairs. The last thing we want is boys peering up girls’ skirts while they are climbing the stairs.”
Dr Jones said students and parents were given ample warning that the uniform check would happen on the first day back after the Easter holidays.
“We warned that students would be sent home if their uniform did not comply. School rules state skirts should be knee length and trousers should be loose fitting.”
One parent took a photograph of her 14-year-old daughter who was sent home, standing next to her classmate whose trousers passed the test.
“My daughter is on the right and it’s almost impossible the spot the difference between their two pairs of trousers.
“I think the school is being absolutely ridiculous and loads of parents are really cross that their children were sent home,” said the mum.
“We bought my daughter’s trousers in New Look, from the school uniform section. I can’t see how they are inappropriate in any way.”
Parents have also criticised the school for sending youngsters home alone without contacting their parents, many of whom were at work.
But Dr Jones has threatened to revisit the policy.
She said: “The parents were warned. They have no grounds for complaint. In fact, we will be conducting further uniform checks throughout the term – and we will send students home again if necessary.”