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Girls told: Don't wear skirts, it distracts male teachers

A school in Stoke on-Trent has banned pupils from wearing skirts because they are 'distracting male teachers and pupils'.

Trentham High School has introduced a strict dress code Credit: Newsteam

Trentham High School has ordered all students to wear the same style of 'business-like' trousers to stop pupils coming to lessons in clothing that 'barely covers their bottoms'.

Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe said she has been forced to introduce the new rules because staff have started spending more time telling pupils to roll down their skirts than teaching.

Now it's just a constant nag. Girls are coming in with skirts that just cover their bottoms - it's totally inappropriate.

Girls with the right length skirts are just rolling them up. We tell them in form period to roll them down, but by first break they're back up again.

It's not pleasant for male members of staff and students either, the girls have to walk up stairs and sit down and it's a complete distraction.

After a while it stops being a uniform issue and starts becoming a safeguarding issue.

– Dr Rowena Blencowe, Headmistress


Man arrested after body of 69-year-old is discovered in Stoke-on-Trent

Police have arrested a man from Stoke-on-Trent in connection. Credit: PA Images

Police have arrested a man from Stoke-on-Trent after finding a body of a 69-year-old man at a property in the area.

Officers were called to an address in Victoria Road in Fenton, Staffordshire at around 2pm yesterday.

Staffordshire Police have arrested a 59-year-old also from Stoke-on-Trent in connection.

The death is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is now underway.


Appeal for witnesses after man found with facial injuries

Police are looking for witnesses Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found with serious facial injuries in Stoke-on-Trent.

Officers were called to Lichfield Street, Joiners Square, at 10.50pm on Monday 18 May by paramedics.

A passer-by had reported seeing a man lying on the ground, near to the junction of Ephraim Street.

The 53-year-old man was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he is in a stable condition.

Officers are now trying to establish how the man was injured.

They are particularly keen to trace two men with a dog who appeared to be helping the injured man onto the pavement.

By the time the emergency services arrived the men had gone.

Anyone with information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101.

Tristram Hunt says he will not stand for Labour leadership

Tristram Hunt Credit: PA

Tristram Hunt - the MP for Stoke-on-Trent and Shadow Education Secretary - will not be running for the Labour leadership.

ITV Central's political correspondent Gareth Owen says the 40-year-old is instead expected to endorse Leicester West's Liz Kendall MP.

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