Parents livid as schoolgirls ‘forced to wear tights and sweat’ in heatwave

Parents of pupils at a performing arts college in village in Lancashire are raging after school staff forced pupils to wear thick tights during the impromptu heatwave.

Earlier this week, the UK's school-age population flocked back to school as the Summer holidays ended.

But whereas normally they would be in uniform more ready for Winter than scorching heat, the unseasonal 30C heatwave has forced many to ditch the tights and jumpers, and go in in their Summer uniforms.

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However, Millfield Science and Performing Arts College is in hot water after officials there demanded that all female pupils wear tights.

According to the Blackpool Gazette, anyone turning up without tights is given a pair by staff and told to put them on.

An anonymous parent said: “They (the school) released a new policy in summer and emailed it to parents stating that female students had to wear black denier tights. It’s a heatwave at the minute and is only set to get worse as the week goes on. It is not fair to force them to sweat uncomfortably in class.

“They are supposed to be keeping the cost of the school uniform to a minimum.

“Tights are not cheap – it cost me £14.99 for five pairs which rip on chairs and have a ladder in them before the day is out.”

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But when challenged, school officials reportedly told parents that the tights were because rules around “the lengths of girls skirts is not being adhered to”.

The parent claimed that her daughter is now “very distressed” about it, and that “something needs to be done”.

The official uniform policy on the website claims that students can wear “shorts” in the summer, but that black “opaque tights” must be worn the rest of the year.

The school has not yet commented on the saga, but the Daily Star has reached out for a comment.

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