Our kids were told they had to wear trousers to school even in warm weather – so they took things into their own hands | The Sun

STUDENTS who are forced to wear trousers in the warm weather have told of how they took matters into their own hands.

The boys came together after they say they felt like they were "suffocating", and wore their PE kits to school in an attempt to handle the heat.

However, the youngsters, who go to Manchester's Barlow RC High School, were sent home for wearing the cooler options.

Finley Kelly, 15, said he and a group of his pals decided to don their cooler clothes last week.

He explained that girls had already been allowed to wear their skirts without tights in the warmer weather.

But their move was met with opposition – with teachers telling them to change into a spare school uniform or go home and get changed.

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Headteacher, Claire Wallace, said school policy means only a red weather warning for heat would prompt them to allow students to wear PE kits.

However, she added, they are open to having a conversation with parents, pupils and governors about the rules.

Finley told M.E.N: "The uniform for boys is strictly pants, tie, shirt which is strictly not allowed to be untucked or it will result in a detention. Top button must be done at all times.

"Me and my friends had had enough and decided we would go into school with our PE kits due to the intense heat peaking at 31 degrees as it was getting to the point where you couldn’t catch your breath wearing the full uniform.

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"Prior to that, girls were told they could come in with skirts without tights on and socks, so we thought they would be fine with PE kits."

The teen said they were stopped the second they stepped through the school gates, adding: "We were sent home and told to change into normal school uniform.

"They didn't care what we had to say about the matter. It left some students asking 'where is the equality for boys?'"

The youngster is now pleading with the school to change its uniform policy.

Wallace, the school's headteacher, said: "A handful of pupils came into school last week in their PE kits which is something we allowed for a short spell during last year's period of extreme red weather warnings.

"We gave them the option of changing into spare school uniform or going home and getting changed which they all complied with.

"The absence of any red weather warnings so far this year means that we haven't yet this term had to put the same policy in place, however because of the heat last week no pupils had to wear blazers or jumpers and we made sure everyone knew this.

"Girls already have the option of wearing short socks instead of tights in half term six and we've now had a request from a few pupils for boys to be allowed to wear shorts in the warm weather.

"This isn't something that has been raised before but we're happy to move forwards after consulting with parents, other pupils and school governors."

Meanwhile, a family was left fuming after their son was banned from wearing shorts to school in 30C heat put him in a SKIRT instead.

Bodhi, 13, from Stockport near Manchester, was allegedly sent home after taking off his blazer and wearing shorts instead of uniform trousers.

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It comes just days after a Coventry school was blasted after it told pupils complaining about trip costs "Don't expect everything to be given to you".

Parents have slammed the school's behaviour as "unacceptable", while saying it "shamed" struggling families.

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