Dismantle tudor granges sexist uniform policies

Dismantle tudor granges sexist uniform policies

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Amelie Holland started this petition to Staff at Tudor Grange Academy and Mrs Claire Smith (headmistress at TGAS)

This petition’s aim is to give male and female students more equal and affordable uniform options at Tudor Grange Academy as well as ensuring the equal treatment of both sexes regarding the uniform policy. At the time of writing this these are some of the uniform price comparisons: 2 pack of girls winter shirts from our only uniform provider - £18.50 compared to boys plain white shirts which they can purchase from as little as £3 for a twin pack. A girls tudor grange academy skirt is £20.75 compared to a boys pair of school trousers which can be found on the asda website for as little as £7 for two pairs. Young women at the academy are also held to an extremely high standard of uniform including the length of our skirts, length of our socks and our preferred amount of makeup usage compared to the boys only being told to keep their shirts tucked in. As you can see this is a blatant example of gender bias in the education system however we believe this is deeply rooted in the objectification of women. By forcing us to conform to an extremely modest uniform policy the staff at the Academy push a harmful narrative that young women must cover up to be seen as respectable, sensible and professional people. A solution to making the uniform more equally priced could be the re-writing of certain policies to include white shirts for girls to ensure they can buy their uniform from just as many providers as the boys. Similarly as to with shirts, allowing girls to purchase non-branded skirts would drastically change the cost of our uniforms as a whole. Although we understand many uniform policies are made to ensure we look unified and professional, holding young women to a higher standard of professionalism to ensure respect is damaging and misogynistic. We truly thank anyone who decides to sign this petition as it will help make the uniform more accessible for lower income families as well as setting an equal standard for the new generation of students.

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