Allow pupils at Backwell School to wear shorts as part of the uniform
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We believe that by not allowing shorts as part of the school uniform, Backwell School is creating unnecessary suffering during warm weather. With temperatures this week exceeding 30 degrees every day, but even during regular summer weather, being forced to wear black trousers made of synthetic materials is not only uncomfortable and makes it much harder to concentrate in lessons, having a detrimental effect on education, but also unhealthy. The fact that girls and indeed staff members are allowed to go bare legged amounts to unfair and discriminatory treatment.
Backwell School's justification for this, that there is no uniform company that sells black, tailored shorts, suitable for the school uniform is not a satisfactory response. There are high street stores which sell tailored uniform shorts, but even if these are for some obscure reason deemed unsuitable, the school has a uniform provider who makes individualised items for individual school and could presumably produce a pair of shorts.
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