Next will continue to sell skinny school trousers despite Castle School head's complaint
FASHION retailer Next says it will continue to sell skinny and slim-fit school trousers, despite a head teacher's claim they should not be marketed as uniform.
Castle School head Joe Docherty wrote to the company to raise the issue after some girls wore what he described as "Next ‘slim’ style trousers" to school.
More than half of the varieties of school trousers aimed at girls aged 3 to 16 on the company's website – 10 out of 19 – are listed as "skinny".
In his regular newsletter to parents, written at the start of the new term, Mr Docherty said: “School trousers must be grey, of proper school material and not skinny.
"We are aware that a number of girls have purchased Next ‘slim’ style trousers. Unfortunately, the trousers are much too close to being skinny to be allowed. We have written to Next about the fact that these should not be marketed as school trousers.”
But a spokesperson from Next told the Voice: “Next has a number of different styles of children’s school trousers on sale including slim style. Whilst the demand is there for this particular style, we will continue to sell them.”
Mr Docherty has given the families who have already bought the Next trousers permission to wear them until the Easter holidays.
He said: “I hope that will give those families to whom it applies the time to get the correct uniform in place. This exception does not apply to skinny trousers, which are not allowed at all. I would like to thank all families who have already made the change and whose children attend school in correct uniform every day.”