Furious pupils who are protesting against a new 'gender neutral' uniform at a secondary school have been banned from lessons and sent home.
Around 150 youngsters and parents gathered outside Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, to demonstrate against the new policy, which mean trousers are compulsory for all pupils.
The school said the new rule is designed to promote equality among its students.
Outraged demonstrators reckon the pupils should have a choice to wear skirts, while others say they cannot afford to buy the new uniform.
Cressida Murray, who helped organise the protest alongside her daughter Libby, said the school's reaction was "outrageous".
She said: "They just weren't prepared and they haven't let anyone in.
"I was hoping there was so many people that they would see sense and let them in."
Protesting pupils held signs saying "A new uniform for nine months is not sustainable", and "Fast fashion is the second biggest contributor to climate change".
Many parents of pupils who attended have since received texts from the school asking them to explain their child's "unauthorised absence".
A spokesman for Priory School said: "Priory School uniform is designed to be a practical uniform which encourages students to be ready to focus on their school work and activities.
"Our uniform also helps us to dilute the status placed on expensive clothes or labels and challenge the belief that we are defined by what we wear. Instead, we encourage individual beliefs, ideas, passions and wellbeing and an ethos of camaraderie that is reflected in this shared experience.
"We believe that a uniform worn without modification is the best way to ensure equality.
"We do not want children feeling vulnerable and stressed by the pressure they feel to wear or own the latest trend or status symbol.
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