Carnforth High in sexism row over uniform ruling

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The father of two teenage girls has accused Carnforth High School of discrimination after his daughters were issued with orders to buy their uniform from a specific supplier.

The school has insisted that from September, all girls wear uniform from suppliers Trutex. Boys, however, can continue to buy their clothes from anywhere.

Chris Neill, of Warton, said: “It costs me £7.50 for a pair of trousers from Asda, but they will cost £15.50 from Trutex.

“The school says other styles are either too short or too tight, but why can’t they issue guidance rather than insist on a supplier?

“My biggest concern is why have they only done this for the girls? It’s discrimination.”

The letter from head Victoria Michael says parents can purchase the new uniform through two Trutex outlets, or from the school shop.

Parents suffering financial hardship have been offered help with their purchases.

Mr Neill, who has daughters aged 15 and 17 at the school, as well as a younger son and daughter, added: “This is done with the best of intentions and I can see where they are coming from but it is an ill thought-out policy.

“I think the bext way forward would be to issue guidance on styles and length. The school is dictating a policy which I think is just wrong.”

Mrs Michael said: “I am not at liberty to discuss the details of Mr Neill’s personal circumstances, but I am surprised and disappointed that he has rejected both the offer of financial assistance and the offer to discuss this in person.

“Like other local schools, at Carnforth High School we expect high standards of uniform and personal presentation in all our students.

“As a new headteacher, when I sought the views of parents regarding uniform, they asked me for further clarification on appropriate uniform for the school and where to purchase it. Our amended list offers them this clarification.”