A school has banned tight-fitting trousers which are ”too sexy” for the classroom – and is making students hand over their mobile phones as a deposit for replacement pairs.
Pictured: ‘Miss Sexy’ trousers (left) and standard trousers (right)
Teachers say the Miss Sexy branded garments are unacceptable because of the way they ”cling” to girl students – making them ”unhelpful” to learning.
But now the headteacher of Bradley Stoke Community School in Bristol is cracking down on rule breaches and spent £400 on 80 pairs of ‘standard issue’ £5 black trousers.
Any girls caught wearing figure-hugging trousers are forced to change into a regulation pair of trousers, which are hanging on racks near the entrance.
Pupils are required to hand over something of value – such as their mobile phone – as deposit to ensure they return the pair at the end of the school day.
The measures have been blasted as ”unhygienic” by students, who claim they cannot afford to shell out for tailored trousers.
One Year 11 pupil, who did not wish to be named, slammed the change as ”annoying” and said the school was always changing uniform rules.
She said: ”The new policy is pointless, the constant updates on uniform are annoying when there are more important things to think about.”
Another frustrated pupil added: ”The idea of loaning a pair of trousers for the day in exchange for a mobile phone might seem logical, yet it can’t be hygienic.
”Also, there’s no way the school have purchased enough of these trousers in the right sizes for the girls to wear.
”I wear Miss Sexy trousers because they make me feel good about my shape and size and are cheaper than tailored trousers.”
The Miss Sexy trousers, which are made from stretchy Bengalin and Polyester material, cost between £10 and £15 and can be bought at local clothes shops and online.
They come in a range of designs, including those accessorised with zips, large buckles and bronze buttons.
In a letter sent to all parents and guardians, the school said the tight trousers were distracting pupils from lessons.
It read: ”The tightness of the trousers and the way they cling to the wearer’s body is unsightly and accentuates body shape in an unhelpful way in a school environment – they are particularly unflattering when worn by some students.
”The trousers are also low-cut which means that undergarments and sometimes more are revealed… and takes attention away from the learning focus of lessons.”
Girls at the school are also banned from wearing make-up, shoes with heels over 5cm and must only wear skirts that fall below the knee.
Headteacher David Baker said the trousers showed ”too much flesh”.
He said: ”When I walk round the classrooms it is hideously embarrassing to see girls leaning over tables and to see flesh and thong hanging out.
”We have had exactly the same policy since our school opened in 2005 and around 95 per cent of students wear what they should.
”Parents of those who have been wearing the wrong trousers have already been communicated with through texts, emails and letters.
”We have spoken to girls who have been wearing the trousers and have told them that if they don’t wear the correct uniform it will be embarrassing for them because they will have to wear ones provided by the school.
”The trousers are low waisted, tight on the legs and have a red logo on them. They also have buttons, belts and zips.
”The argument that parents can’t afford tailored trousers is rubbish. They cost much less than the Miss Sexy brand and can be bought from the shop around the corner from the school for £5.
”We are hoping that everyone will turn up with the correct trousers and will not need to borrow a pair, but if they do they will have to hand over a deposit item.
”Students can’t use their mobiles during the school day and are supposed to store them in their lockers so it makes no difference to them if they have them or not.”
He added that the school had received five complaints from parents frustrated about the crackdown.
The school’s tough stance against the Miss Sexy trousers follows that of Nailsea School near Bristol last October, where parents protested after girls were sent home and isolated.
Gary Schlick, head teacher at nearby Bedminster Down School, added that his school had also banned the Miss Sexy brand.
He said: ”We expect black trousers, no leggings or jeggings, just ‘normal’ school wear. Anything that sticks out is not acceptable.”