The £6,790 per term secondary school said that, under new plans, separate uniforms for girls and boys would be scrapped in favour of a ‘mix-and-match’ policy
A top private school is planning to bring in ‘gender neutral’ uniforms that would allow boys to wear skirts.
The move by Highgate School in north London comes amid reports that a growing number of children are questioning their identity.
Speaking to The Sunday Times , headteacher Adam Pettitt said that, under the plans, separate uniforms for girls and boys would be scrapped in favour of a ‘mix-and-match’ policy.
Boys would be able to opt for a grey pleated skirt.
Currently the school uniform policy at the £6,790 per term secondary school allows girls to wear the skirt – but boys are not allowed.
Adam told the paper: “This generation is really questioning being binary in the way we look at things.”
He added that if some boys wore skirts, then “if [as a result] they feel happier and more secure in who they are, it must be a good thing”.
But Adam confessed that several former students have been vocal in their criticism.
He said: “They write in and say if you left children to their own devices they would grow up differently and you are promoting the wrong ideas.”
He added that schools were having to mediate between parents and children, because some parents did not know their children were querying their gender identity with counsellors at school.
Figures show a surge in the number of young people — mainly girls — seeking help to change gender.
More than 2,000 under-18s were referred to the Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in north London last year, against around 100 when it opened eight years ago, The Sunday Times reported.
Earlier this year St Paul’s Girls’ School in west London revealed it had drawn up a gender identity protocol that allows pupils to be called by boys’ names and wear boys’ clothes.