Case 237 - School adopting an unnecessarily restrictive dress code for gymnastics


A parent is claiming that their child's school is adopting an unnecessarily restrictive dress code for gymnastics. When the parent questioned the policy, the school replied there was no flexibility because of health and safety reasons.

Panel decision

The school has a policy which sets out appropriate clothing to be worn during physical education lessons but it would appear to be an inflexible approach justified on grounds of "health and safety". The school should check its policy against the guidance which is available from British Gymnastics and the Association for Physical Education. That guidance will help them to review their decisions on suitable clothing, and help them to explain to parents and others what precautions are necessary to use their gymnastics apparatus and the real reasons for them.