Stop restricting adolescent girls from being comfortable in their own bodies.

Stop restricting adolescent girls from being comfortable in their own bodies.

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It is known in the modern workplace an open dress code i.e. comfortable clothing leads to happier, more productive employees as it allows people to be independent and express themselves leading to decreased self-consciousness and distractions. The green school quite clearly does not regard sixth form students expressing themselves and "letting their light shine" as a highlighted issue to be handled however, the growing number of girls/students that have become increasingly restricted due to what they can and cannot wear being enforced constantly has created a slight issue. Specifically during staff meetings where it would be more productive and appropriate to speak about topics that link to our future and prepare us for when we become adults.

As sixth form students we realise we agreed to the dress code and the majority have been trying their best to follow it. However, in light of recent events we are asking for a change be made to make us feel more comfortable in our own body and school premises. This leads me onto the main point. Mrs Sally Yarrow specified on the dress code that she wants tailored skirts however, girls with bigger thighs and lower halves will find it very difficult and struggle financially to obtain skirts that are deemed fit for the dress code. Due to covid-19, financial situations have possibly worsened because of the lockdown, resulting with parents/carers being unable to work and earn money. Because of this, Students are struggling to buy a new set of clothes to only wear them for 1 1/2 years. Simply put, the money can be put aside for sanitary products and food.

Also many sixth form students are upset that the reason skirt rules are stricter is because “the boys will look up our skirts” this is completely unfair and embarrassing to hear from staff of a once renowned all girl school. If girls are taught to respect others, why can't boys do the same. It's the schools responsibility to make sure that the boys respect women to prevent serious problems from happening in the future.

In addition, shorter skirts and boots (I.e doc martens) can definitely be seen as professional, especially when paired with accessories and a smart sweatshirt, cardigan or top. 

As a final point, many sixth formers have expressed their intention to leave The Green School sixth form unless changes are made, as the current dress code literally screams internalised misogyny and double standards.

We are demanding a looser dress code.

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