Girls ‘forced to kneel on floor to measure skirt length’ sparks sexism probe

A top £15,000-a-year private school has been accused of forcing girls to kneel on the floor so teachers could measure their skirt length.

Teachers at King's School, Worcester, have been accused of introducing 'blatantly sexist rules' by pupils.

The headmaster said it will investigate the claims after an anonymous post shared on the Everyone's Invited website made the allegation, as well as others claiming it failed to tackle bullying.

The website, which was set up to 'eradicate rape culture' particularly in schools, colleges and universities, allows people to post about their experiences anonymously.

The post accused female teachers of putting the responsibility on girls to ensure their bodies are 'covered so men wouldn't look' at them, writes the Metro.

Headmaster Gareth Doodes said he was ‘aware’ of the accusations and that an investigation would be launched following the Easter break.

The anonymous post said: "In the uniform rules it said that a girl’s skirt had to be 10cm above the knees when kneeling so several teachers made girls kneel to measure their skirts.

"I remember walking out of cathedral and seeing teachers taking girls off and making them kneel on the cathedral floor just to check their skirt length.

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"This is the same school that would not let us show our ankles and made us wear full tracksuits (when we) were in our sports kit, even if it was 30 degrees and the middle of summer.

"The saddest thing was that female teachers even enforced the blatantly sexist rules. They made us think that our bodies should be covered and that it was our responsibility to make sure men wouldn’t look at us."

It also claimed the school did not address bullying reports and enforced a change in uniform.

Headteacher Mr Doodes told the paper: "We take all allegations extremely seriously and will be looking into this immediately after the Easter break.

"I am pleased girls have an opportunity to disclose trauma through Everyone’s Invite but would encourage anyone from any school who feels their treatment by fellow pupils or staff has been unacceptable to also contact the safeguarding lead.

"Details can be found on every UK educational institution’s website so such sensitive yet damaging issues can be investigated further."

The school recently launched a 'Change the Narrative' club, set up following the alleged murder of Sarah Everard, and encouraged all 1,467 pupils to join.

It was created to 'address issues of misogynistic behaviour and attitudes in school'.

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