Boys at Great Torrington School have been wearing skirts in protest at their school uniform rules.

The year eight pupils started wearing skirts on Friday, after being told they were not allowed to wear shorts despite the soaring temperatures.

The movement was started by Archie Babb, who was the first to wear a skirt to school on Thursday last week.

Around 40 pupils then donned their skirts, many borrowed from their sisters, on Friday.

A group of 20 pupils are still wearing skirts four days later, and say they won’t stop until the rules are changed to allow them to wear shorts.

Phoenix Hopkin-Hall, Theo Mbabele, Craig Dixon, Chase Moore, Noah Bradley, Freddie Grills, Aiden Johnson, Tim Maylam and Archie Babb met with the Gazette today (Wednesday).

Chase said: “We asked the school to give us shorts and they kept saying no.

“So the girls wore trousers and we did an exchange.

“The teachers are allowing it as long as our shirts are tucked in and they’re knee length.

“I think some of the teachers are on our side and we’re going to keep wearing them until we win.”

The pupils have had more than 400 signatures on an online petition to headteacher Tracy Amos, asking the school to reconsider the uniform options to allow shorts.

The petition, started by Bradley Smart, said: “This petition is now not only just for boys!

“Girls should also be able to wear shorts if they would like as many have said they would prefer to!

“Also some girls may find them more comfortable that wearing a skirt.”

And it seems their protest might have forced the school to reconsider the uniform policy.

A statement from GTS chair of govenors on Tuesday said: “During a meeting of the teaching and learning committee today the uniform was discussed, specifically the introduction of shorts as part of the uniform.

“This will be discussed further at our full governing board meeting.

“We will update parents and pupils following this meeting.”

The school did not wish to make any further comment at this stage.

Sign the petition to support the Great Torrington School pupils here.