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Petition to Philips High School, Tina Owen

Stop Philips High School from banning skirts.

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.

Anonymous .
789 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Guildford High School

Schools to allow dyed hair

The purpose of this petition is to protest the recent change of rules regarding hair dye at Guildford High School. The rule prior to this one enabled students to dye their hair within the natural colour spectrum. We have always had the understanding that the school wants to present a particular image of uniformity and do no object to the ban of non-natural colours for use in hair dye. However, the new rule bans students outright from dying their hair and it has clearly specified within the rule change that those with pre-existing dyed hair will be expected to dye it back to its natural colour. As many of those with hair that has undergone colouring are aware, re-colouring damages the hair further. Therefore this rule is essentially forcing students who have dyed their hair lawfully within the previous rules to partake in damaging their hair unnecessarily. Additionally, we struggle to accept this while the school hypocritically preaches self-expression and self-acceptance, as many of those who do dye their hair do so in reflection of these school values. Furthermore, those who dye their hair within the natural colour spectrum should not be reprimanded doing so; as students are not adversely affected by a change of pigment in their hair whilst learning in a school environment. Overall, our main objection to this rule change is not rooted within the superficial nature of ‘keeping up with trends’ but rather with the respect we believe the school should be required to give in regard to its students’ bodily autonomy. With this petition, we aim to make the school reconsider this decision and realise that having the ability to dye our hair reflects the school’s values. We would be grateful to anyone for supporting us by signing.

anonymous user
35 supporters