No make-up, no high heels at Cheltenham Ladies College
Guidance on how pupils should dress in their free time at Cheltenham Ladies' College has come in for criticism from parents.
The college has just reinforced its 'mufti' rules to remind parents and pupils of standards required by the £10,000-a-term school when it comes to casual dress.
Rules include no make-up, hair tied back, no short shorts and no high heels.
Skirts must be one inch above the knee and absolutely no cleavage should be on show.
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Bra straps and underwear should not be visible at school dances 'even when the girl moves around'.
The latest reiteration of the college's mufti rules was delivered for 11 to 18-year-olds at morning prayers before an email was sent to parents by vice principal Elizabeth Stone.
But it did not go down well with all parents, with some insisting the college was trying to maintain the kind of dress code demanded in a bygone era.
One said: "I think they're completely out of touch with what young people are wearing these days.
"If you dressed a 16-year-old or 18-year-old girl in the way the college is suggesting, and sent her out to a social event, she'd be ridiculed.
"I think they like to produce a certain type of girl – and anything slightly stylish is frowned upon."
The school, in Bayshill Road, defended its stance.
A spokesman said: "We have found that working in collaboration with our parents has helped to balance current fashion trends with what is appropriate, bearing in mind our girls' ages range from 11 to 18."
The rules state:
"Outer clothing should extend down to one inch above the knee. This applies to skirts, shorts, dresses and so on. Leggings or similar skin-tight clothing are not adequate for outer clothing. Girls must also have something over the bottom and down the leg to just above the knee."
"Short shorts with tights are not acceptable. Shorts must also extend down to one inch above the knee."
"Should not be visible at any time. Tank tops or vests should have straps wide enough to cover bras. Thin or sheer tops which reveal bras are not acceptable. Shorts, trousers, skirts etc. should be both high and low enough to cover pants."
"Should be sturdy and safe. In particular, no flip flops, no heels."
"Should be modest and tidy. Discreet, minimal jewellery. No make-up. Hair tied back. No torn clothing or other extremes."
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