WE are working in some cases in sweltering heat that we’re not used to, and such temperatures do not encourage us to keep our cool.

We can easily get hot and bothered about a variety of issues – and among them are secondary school uniform policies.

Some mums and dads, concerned for the welfare of their children, are annoyed that some high schools do not allow boys to wear shorts, even in the highest of summer temperatures.

Meanwhile girls have long had the option of wearing either skirts or trousers.

Parents on a 'Buckley Moaning Group' Facebook page have spoken about their outrage that their offspring and other people's children are forced to wear trousers in such stuffy conditions.

Rhian Haf Burdon, whose daughter starts high school in September but will wear trousers as she is a tomboy, said: ''I was fuming walking into town seeing all the lads going to school in pants.

“Why allow girls to wear skirts or pants [trousers] but lads have to wear pants not allowed to wear shorts?

“Sort yourselves out. It's disgusting behaviour.''

Ian Aird added: ''What you wear doesn't have any effect on your education in my opinion.

“You would surely be more productive if you were cooler than if you were a hot sweaty mess?''

Jolene Louise Hewitt said: ''It's a disgrace. They use to be able to why has it all changed?''

Sam Roberts said: ''It's sexist, males and females should be given the same courtesy. If they're not, then the schools are guilty.''

While Jona Devitt compared school uniform policies to a fashion show.

She said: ''What’s the problem? It’s a centre of learning, not a Milan fashion show.

“Surely the more comfortable the child is the better they will learn. Seems a dated and unnecessary rule frankly.''

The complaints from parents may have had an effect on the leadership of Elfed High School in Buckley, as towards the end of last week a social media message was sent out to the effect of: "Due to the extreme temperatures tomorrow (Friday) students are allowed to wear their usual PE kit should they wish. No branded clothing.’’

That is also the case at Castell Alun High which is allowing all students to come to school in their PE kit for the next few days while temperatures remain high.

Paul Edwards, assistant head at the Hope school, said: ''We feel allowing the pupils to wear their PE these unusually hot temperatures is a reasonable suggestion to improve the comfort of the children.

''After calls from concerned parents, a senior management consultation has seen us relax our uniform policies on a temporary basis.''

However, other parents do not believe their child would wear tailored shorts, even if policies were relaxed.

Ceri Pownall said: ''My son wouldn’t wear school shorts even if he had the choice. They’re okay for primary school but high school?''

Claire Davies added: ''I asked my nephew if he would wear shorts his answer was ‘no way’.''

Hellen Linegar said: ''They should be allowed to wear their PE kit when it’s hot.

“I can’t really see a lad of 16 wearing tailored shorts to school no matter how hot it is, it’s not the done thing for half of them.''

Primary school boys are widely allowed to wear tailored shorts, even if they're not officially in the school's uniform policy, like Drury Primary School which is allowing boys to wear three quarter length trousers.

Headteacher Mark Biltcliffe said: ''We allow the boys to wear them because not only do they look smart, but in these fairly unprecedented weather conditions we have to take their health and safety firmly into consideration.

''I can't speak on behalf of other schools but at Drury it is something we allow to keep the boys as cool as possible.''

Meanwhile, a Flintshire Council spokesman said: ''Uniform policy is the responsibility of headteachers and can be relaxed at their own discretion.''