A school in the UK has banned skirts, forcing all students to wear "gender neutral" trousers instead. What are your opinions on this?

Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, has made trousers compulsory for new and existing students for the new term. The school had already introduced a trouser-only policy for new students in 2017, but it brought in the blanket ban on skirts for all students on Friday. In a statement, it said students not conforming to the new rule would be asked to return home and change before being allowed into the building.

Pupil Nina Cullen wore a skirt to school- stating that she didn't want to waste money, and that her family couldn't afford it- and was not only refused entry by the school, the police were called to forcibly eject her from the school premises. During extremely hot weather pupils had previously been allowed to wear PE shorts, or "skorts" - shorts made to look like skirts. However, a letter sent to parents in June said the decision had "created more problems than we wished".

It said pupils not following the new rule was "detracting" staff from teaching, that "concerns" had been raised over the length of girls' skirts, and this was their justification for introducing their trousers only policy; stating that the new rules also catered for a handful of transgender pupils, and accusing anyone who protested against the new rules of "transphobia" and of "disrespecting gender neutrality".

So, what are your thoughts about this? Should all schoolgirls be forced to wear trousers in the name of gender neutrality? Is this school sexist against girls, as many of the students have accused them of being- are skirts any more "detracting" (though 'distracting's probably the word they looking for) than shorts, and is this any more fair than making skirts or dresses compulsory for all students? Is this "progressive" school's "gender neutral" uniform policy legitimately defensible? Or would you be inclined to agree with the student, who argued "To make it gender neutral, they have to let everyone wear skirts or trousers and have that choice"?
A school in the UK has banned skirts, forcing all students to wear "gender neutral" trousers instead. What are your opinions on this?
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