Stop Philips High School from banning skirts.

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Philips High School has announced that there will be uniform changes made for pupils starting September 2018. They shall be enforced for all pupils by September 2019. Part of this change includes pupils no longer being able to wear a navy blue skirt as part of the uniform. Instead we will have to wear black, suit-style trousers. This has upset many of us at the school for a number of reasons. Firstly, we feel more confident wearing a skirt and school trousers are unflattering. Self-esteem issues are on the rise among teenagers, so making us unable to wear clothes we feel our best in will damage our mental health, and in turn our school performance. Secondly, many families have concern over the cost of the trousers as from school shops they are considerably more expensive than skirts. This would put pressure on many parents as a lot of pupils at our school are from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, it is believed that skirts are being banned because the school has concern over the length of pupils' skirts. It is grossly inappropriate for staff members to sexualize and police the bodies of children in their care. There is nothing offensive about a child's knee and lower thigh. If any teacher believes seeing a child's leg is in any way 'too sexual' they should be sacked immediately for gross misconduct.

We ask that you sign this petition to remove the uniform changes, and let us stick with our current uniform, which has been a part of our school for many years. Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope you will contribute to keeping our school as a happy, fair community.



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