Schoolpupils’ uniforms are hemmed in for new term

GIRLS at Bearsden Academy have been banned by the school from wearing short, tight fitting skirts.

The item of clothing, known as a ‘body con’ skirt, will no longer be acceptable and parents will need to ensure they have bought a skirt which is of appropriate length and not too tight.

This has been a hot topic of discussion in the past and The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald has previously received letters from residents who believed that some of the girls were dressed inappropriately.

The school has also introduced blazers and after consultation with parents they made sure that a more affordable alternative to traditional woollen blazers was available to parents.

One dad, who asked not to be named, said: “I think it’s a good idea to smarten up the school uniform.

“Many of the girls have been allowed to wear skirts that were in my opinion too short and tight.

“A large part of the problem was that the school did not enforce a strict rule about this but now everyone knows where they stand.

“One problem is that the ‘body con’ skirts are the fashionable option and it’s what they all want to wear.

“They are also readily available in all the mainstream fashion shops - so you have to search for an alternative.”

George Cooper, headteacher of Bearsden Academy, said: “Following an extensive consultation with parents and pupils about wearing blazers in school this proposal was agreed.

“During this period pupils had the opportunity to raise any issues they may have had and it was also discussed at pupil assemblies.

“Subsequently 1000 blazers were purchased for the new term and these will be collected by the end of this week.

“Parents also commented that they had difficulty in sourcing skirts on the high street but we were able to source these from our blazer supplier.

“We are grateful to parents for their continuing and excellent support.”