12/05/2011 08:07 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Boy Wears Skirt To School In Summer Uniform Protest

Boy wears skirt to school in summer uniform protest SWNS

A 12-year-old boy has worn a skirt to school to protest against a ban on boys wearing shorts to school in the summer months.

Aspiring politician Chris Whitehead marched into Impington Village College near Cambridge wearing a girls' knee-length skirt to protest over uniform changes that don't allow boys to wear shorts during the warmer months of the year.

He also spoke in front of 1,368 fellow pupils in school assembly wearing the skirt - which boys are technically allowed to wear due to a loophole in the rules - saying he believed making boys wear long trousers in the heat affects concentration and hinders their ability to learn.

'In the summer girl students are allowed to wear skirts but boys are not allowed to wear shorts,' says Chris. 'We think that this discriminates against boys. I will march in a skirt with other boys waving banners and making a lot of noise.

'I will be wearing the skirt at school all day in protest at the uniform policy and addressing the assembly with the student council, wearing a skirt.'

Chris's mum Liz Whitehead says she's proud of her son for standing up for what he believes in.

'I am delighted that Chris is taking action on what he believes in, which the school actually encourages, so he is only doing what he is taught,' she said.

'I am really proud he is brave enough to wear a skirt to school for what he believes in and back him all the way.'

Would you support your child if they wanted to protest at school, skirt-clad or otherwise?