30 boys have worn skirts to school in protest at being told they were not allowed to wear shorts despite soaring temperatures.

The pupils from ISCA Academy in Exeter asked permission to wear shorts because of the recent hot weather.

One of the boys who took part in the protest said: “We’re not allowed to wear shorts, and I’m not sitting in trousers all day, it’s a bit hot.”

Head teacher Aimee Mitchell said shorts were “not part” of the school uniform.

Pupils said the idea for the protest actually came from the head teacher, who originally made the suggestion, although students said they did not think she was being serious.

Ms Mitchell said: “We recognise that the last few days have been exceptionally hot and we are doing our utmost to enable both students and staff to remain as comfortable as possible.

“Shorts are not currently part of our uniform for boys and I would not want to make any changes without consulting both students and their families.

“However, with hotter weather becoming more normal, I would be happy to consider a change for the future.”

Claire Reeves, whose son is a student at the school, said “I feel extremely proud of them all for standing up for their rights. People are always talking about equal right for males and females and school uniform shouldn’t be any different”, she said.

The school’s uniform guidelines currently allow male pupils to wear trousers. Female pupils may wear trousers or tartan skirts.

Source: bbc.co.uk