A group of teen boys who were told they couldn’t wear shorts in scorching temperatures have protested by wearing skirts.
Adrian Copp, 15, and his pals are wearing £8 Asda skirts to highlight the school’s “outdated uniform policy”.
Poltair School in St Austell, Cornwall, do not allow pupils to wear shorts.
So instead Adrian and about a dozen Year 10 pupil decided to wear skirts as a loophole in their school’s uniform policy, which allows skirts but doesn’t specify it to a gender.
Yesterday, the Met Office issued its first-ever amber warning for extreme heat.
Adrian, from Cornwall, asked mum Donna, 33, if she could buy him a skirt to challenge the rules.
The teenager and his two friends plan to continue to wear the pleated skirts for the rest of the week.
Adrian said: “I found it a lot cooler definitely. It’s really uncomfortable wearing trousers in this heat.
“It was a mixed bag. Some teachers thought we were messing about. But there were others who cheered us on.
“There were a group of Year 8 boys who were clapping and cheering us.
“We were removed from classes and banned for socialisation for 24 hours but we were let go because they couldn’t find anything to pin us on.
“We haven’t broken any rules. We just want everyone to have the option to wear shorts in this heat and that goes for the girls too.”
Carer Donna fully supports her son and says the argument has been going on for several years.
The mum-of-four said: “When he went to primary school he would wear shorts no problem.
“But for some reason, it hasn’t been allowed in secondary schools. It’s been an ongoing battle for a few years.
“When Adrian came up with the idea at the weekend he had my full backing.
“There’s no specified gender on the uniform policy and we wanted to play by the rules. Ideally, it would be to open it up for girls to wear shorts too. Some girls aren’t comfortable about wearing skirts so this is about all students.”
Donna added: “I’m so proud Adrian has the guts to take a stand.”
The secondary school’s uniform guide reads: “Students must wear plain black tailored trousers made of standard material that sits at the waist and shoe line.
“These must be of a style that is complementary of a blazer.
“Skirts must be pleated and sit no higher than a credit cards width above the knee.”
Poltair School has been contacted by Mirror Online for comment.