Girls from grammar school banned from wearing short sleeves accuse teachers of sexualising them
A petition has been launched by the girls, in order to end „oppressive and demeaning” uniform rules which forbid students to wear strappy or sleeveless tops that reveal their shoulders. Sixth form pupils are trying to get the teachers to change the rules, saying that they were not trying to „flaunt anything”.
Over 130 people signed the online petition, which was launched when a heat wave hit the country this week.
The petition reads: “Many of the students in the SLGGS sixth form have disagreed with the dress code rule that states girls should not wear strappy or sleeveless tops that reveal shoulders.
This rule encourages the disturbing sexualisation of young girls’ bodies, most of which are underage.
The argument that shoulders shouldn’t be seen in a workplace is irrelevant, as our generation is the future workforce.
It is our job to change the oppressive and demeaning standards that women are forced to abide by, or nothing will change in the future.”
Ania Franzcuk, a 12-year-old student, told Mail Online: “I don’t think that any clothing changes will affect pupils work. Whatever they wear they are going to work it is not going to make any difference. The clothing that we wear at the girls school and the individuality it shows is really good for our school. But if you are not comfortable you are not going to be able to work well.”
Pupils from Simon Langton are allowed to wear their own clothes in years 12 and 13, but are forced to abide by a strict dress code.
Head teacher Dr Matthew Baxter, who is head of the Simon Langton Boy’s school as well as the sister school, said: “The subject was discussed with the deputy heads and it has been decided that both Langton schools will ensure that the same dress code applies to all students within their sixth form.”