Make-up ban school now forbids girls from wearing coloured bras as it ‘distracts’ boys


A SCHOOL caught up in a row over banning girls from wearing makeup has sparked further outrage for forbidding girls from wearing coloured bras – as it “distracts” boys.

Hundreds hit out at The Barlow RC High School in Didsbury after teachers began patrolling corridors armed with wet wipes to remove all traces of make-up from student’s faces.

Girls are being threatened with expulsion and denied access to the canteen unless they clear their faces in a crackdown on cosmetics.

But now a second pupil has come forward claiming teachers told youngsters not to wear coloured bras under their white shirts for fear of male students becoming distracted.


As the school clamps down on tight pants, short skirts, make-up and coloured bras, one mum hit out on Facebook at the school’s strict rules.

Kerry Axton wrote: “My daughter goes here. Came home today saying that girls are no longer allowed to wear tight pants, tight skirts or coloured bras because it’s distracting for the boys and if they do they will be sent home.”

Holly Hopkins, a 15-year-old student at the school, claimed dozens of teens, many of whom suffer from acne, have been left feeling self-conscious after teachers shouted at them for wearing make-up.

Another student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “All I have had is torture since the half term – teachers screaming in my face telling me to take all my make-up off when I’m crying.

“It’s not fair because I have spots. It’s making us upset and not able to work properly because we are trying to hide and not let people see us because we are not confident.

“It was never this bad until now. We aren’t even allowed concealer or foundation any more.”


The school’s uniform policy on its website reads: “Our pupils are ambassadors of the school and are expected to dress and behave in a way that reflects the standards we seek to achieve.”

Headteacher Claire McCarron said: “Part of the job of a school is to ensure pupils leave it not just with qualifications that will stand them in good stead in their future careers, but also as well-rounded individuals who can contribute to society and understand the importance of living by society’s rules.

“All pupils and parents are made fully aware of the rules we live by here in school when they first join us, and sign up to a commitment to abide by them.

“We encourage all pupils to be actively involved in all aspects of school life and encourage them to raise concerns about any issues through our Pupil Voice system, but this issue has never been raised in this forum.”