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School warning to 'orange' pupils

Baines School
The school favours traditional values (Pic:

A head teacher is cracking down on schoolgirls who turn up for class looking "orange" after using fake tans.

Pupils at Baines School in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, are also being asked not to overdo jewellery, make-up, mini-skirts and trainers.

Carol Robinson has written to all parents asking them to make sure their daughters do not come to school orange.

"The current trend for fake spray tans does little to enhance the appearance of our young ladies," she said.

"We ask for your support in ensuring girls do not come to school looking varying shades of orange."

Young girls feel pressured to go out and daub themselves in this orange
Carol Robinson

"This is not in keeping with the uniform and appearance standards Baines wishes to support."

She added that the school strived to "promote natural beauty and contentment with one's own looks".

Fake tans were banned from Royal Ascot this year as a "style crime".

Mrs Robinson said: "We have young girls coming in to school, 11 and 12, that feel pressured to go out and daub themselves in this orange.

"They have streaks on their legs and orange hands - that is what we are saying is not acceptable.

"Those celebrities are not 12 and 13. They are all a lot older and that is fine, they are not in school."

Baines, a voluntary aided school whose Latin school motto, Nil Sine Labore, means Nothing Without Effort, was founded in 1717 and now has 1,100 pupils.

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