Cannock Chase High School admitted the dressing down was a ‘mistake’

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A headmaster has apologised after six teenage girls were publicly given a row over the length of their skirts in front of 300 fellow pupils.

Cannock Chase High School admitted the dressing down was a 'mistake' but the incident sparked student protests outside the gates on Friday morning, reports the Birmingham Mail.

The row erupted after the six, all aged 14, were allegedly made to stand up in assembly at the secondary school in Staffordshire and told the length and tightness of their skirts was “inappropriate”.

The mother of Molly Stockle, one of the pupils who were singled out, said her daughter was left feeling humiliated.

Molly Stockle was told her skirt was too short in front of 300 pupils

Joanna Stockle, a specialist recruiter, has since received an apology and an assurance the matter is being investigated by the school.

Molly, who has received awards for academic excellence, told the Birmingham Mail : “I felt humiliated, I just didn’t understand what was going on.”

The teenager wants to study photography at university and will continue to wear the skirt at the centre of the row.

Her mum stressed Molly had worn the same skirt throughout her time in Year 9 and that its length had never been an issue.

She added the school has been flooded with written complaints since the six were “made an example of”.

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Mrs Stockle said: “Molly is gutted, she couldn’t catch her breath for crying.”

As well as being made to stand in assembly with 300 pupils present, the girls were also given a dressing down in private.

Mrs Stockle said: “Molly wears tights to school, she is very classy. She believes there is a uniform policy for a reason.

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“The headteacher is very good and very understanding. It was nothing to do with him, but, as he said, his name’s on the board.”

In a statement, Cannock Chase High Schoo l said: "We have the highest expectations in relation to academic achievement, personal development and equality of opportunity.

"This extends to our expectations in relation to behaviour and uniform.

"Yesterday (Thursday), whilst maintaining these expectations, we made a mistake in how we addressed uniform concerns in a year group and we apologise for this.

“This is not representative of the school’s practice and was an isolated, individual error of judgement.

“Today, for a short part of the early morning, a small number of our students wished to voice their feelings regarding the matter as part of a peaceful on-site protest.

"We are meeting with these students and their parents/guardians to ensure we work constructively together.”