by Our News Desk
BRIGHTON College axed its 170-year-old traditional uniform yesterday to accommodate gender dysphoric pupils.
Instead, the school is introducing a “trouser uniform” and a “skirt uniform” for pupils up to age 16.
The posh private school said it wants to respect students who feel they are a different gender from their biological sex.
Dysphoric girls will be allowed to wear a tweed blazer, tie and trousers, while boys will be able to wear a skirt, bolero jacket and open-neck blouse.
At least one pupil has already taken up the option, Brighton College said, while a handful of other families have made inquiries on behalf of their own children.
It said the decision was in reaction to a changing society which recognises that some children are gender dysphoric and do not want to have to hide that identity at school.
Sixth-former Fred Dimbleby said he was proud to attend a school where “there is no concept of the norm, of conformity and of the expected way to be.”
He said: “Everyone has supported this move and I think that there is a real sense of unity, from the headmaster to the youngest third former, about this idea.
“I also know that students who are gender fluid, or for any reason decide to change the uniform they wear, will be accepted, supported and encouraged by the whole school.”
He called on other schools to take up the idea.
Sixth-former Amy Arnell said that no-one was surprised when the change was announced, adding: “There is just no reason not to do it if it makes people feel more comfortable about themselves.”