Elite Private School Letting Boys Wear Skirts As Part Of New Gender-Neutral Dress Code
An elite private school in the UK is set to establish a new gender-neutral uniform policy that will allow male students to wear skirts.
North London’s Highgate School decided to make the change to better support its gender non-binary, transgender and gender-nonconforming students.
The current dress code allows female students to wear pants, trousers and blazers, but doesn’t allow boys to wear the school’s standard pleated skirt. Under the new policy, students will be permitted to wear whatever article of clothing from the uniform set that they wish.
“This generation is really questioning being binary in the way we look at things,” headteacher Adam Pettitt told The Times.
“[Some people] write in and say, if you left children to their own devices they would grow up differently and you are promoting the wrong ideas,” he said. “[But], if [students can] feel happier and more secure in who they are, it must be a good thing.”
He concluded: “We will need to become understanding of what is a sensible reaction to this at different ages.”