Schoolboys Wear Skirts To Protest No-Shorts Policy In Heatwave


Teenage boys turned up at school wearing skirts after their headteacher refused to let them wear shorts as temperatures soared about 30C this week.

Boys at the Isca academy in Exeter said it was ‘too hot for long trousers’ so they asked to wear shorts instead, the Guardian reported.

Their request was refused so some pupils turned up on Wednesday morning in skirts which they’d borrowed from their friends and sisters.


The following day, their protest had grown and dozens joined in support by also wearing skirts.

One boy told Devon Live he had been told on Wednesday the skirt was too short and his legs too hairy – so what did the boys do? Some of them bought razors and shaved their legs.

Another boy, who is in year nine, was also wearing a skirt – he said the protest had started with ‘five boys wearing skirts’ but he expected hundreds to join in – he also added that he appreciated the ‘nice breeze’.


A mother of one of the pupils at the school told the Guardian:

My 14-year-old son wanted to wear shorts. The headteacher told them: ‘Well, you can wear a skirt if you like’ – but I think she was being sarcastic.

However, children tend to take you literally, and because she told them it was OK, there was nothing she could do as long as they are school skirts.

Another mother added:

Children also don’t like injustice. The boys see the women teachers in sandals and nice cool skirts and tops while they are wearing long trousers and shoes and the older boys have to wear blazers. They just think it’s unfair that they can’t wear shorts in this heat.

Good on them!