Readers don’t skirt the issue over Hartlepool school’s dress code

Hannah McEnaney, 14, who was threatened with being sent home or being placed in isolation for wearing socks instead of tights at school this week. Pictured with mum Carol.
Hannah McEnaney, 14, who was threatened with being sent home or being placed in isolation for wearing socks instead of tights at school this week. Pictured with mum Carol.
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Readers have had a mixed reaction to news that a school pupil was told she must wear tights instead of socks ‘to protect her modesty’.

Parents of pupils at St Hild’s Church of England School, based in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, were sent a letter last week revealing the school’s ‘concern’ at the length of skirts worn by some girls.

The letter stated that “in the interest of modesty and to ensure your child is properly safeguarded on their way to and from school, we ask that black tights be worn with skirts at all times”.

The school – which says it makes ‘no apologies’ for setting ‘high standards’ – ordered that all girls must wear black tights with skirts, or wear trousers instead, as the ‘interim’ rule, ahead of a full consultation later this year with parents and children.

Readers have had their say on the Mail’s website and Facebook page.

Doll60 stated: “Authorities gone daft again wear tights to protect their modesty. Why can’t you leave these kids alone and let them grow up normal instead of throwing this in their faces. Most of the girls wear shorts under their skirts as it is. My grandaughter hates skirts and won’t want to wear tights why should they be made 
too.”

Barley 442 wrote: “Think the words we are all looking for here are ‘STANDARDS and DISCIPLINE’. Depends how far you want to go on these? Nothing wrong with a smart appearance, as previously pointed out on posts already some of the fashions these students wear are a disgrace.”

Andrea Squires said: “Rules are rules. Deal with it. Life is unfair at times. I’d much rather the kids be safe than in a huff because they want to wear socks.”

Sue Graham wrote: “Well I agree some of the skirts are really short and I think they would look smarter specially when Ofsted visit, and tbh u don’t know what pervs are about when goin’ and coming from school.”

Chris Ainsley commented: “A ban like this will probably come up with something worse like girls must wear hats for safety reasons lol.”

Dawn Robinson said: “How pathetic my girls wore knee socks right through St Hilds, was no thing of wearing tights.”

Anoushka Robinson stated: “I agree with it. I had already told mine to wear tights or trousers because I know they roll their skirts up and make them too short.”

Natalie Cummings commented: “I agree with it. My two girls wear tights even in summer they wear very thin ones. I see girls’ skirts that short they literally have to hold the back down when walking. Maybe the staff could hand out tights to the girls with very short skirts though.”

Kathleen Verrall said: “I agree with the school. Yes not all girls wear there skirts just below modesty. But school cant pin point either. So they have to have rules. It can’t be easy on these boys watching girls parade about showing there undergarments when bending over.