A transgender pupil has won the right to wear a school uniform for girls.
Lily Madigan was sent home from St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone, Kent, when she turned up in a girl’s uniform earlier this year.
But after she hired a solicitor to fight her corner, the school has apologised to the 18-year-old.
Lily, who was born Liam, said: ‘I am very happy about the changes but I felt it was something I shouldn’t have had to fight so hard for, if at all.
‘I’m encouraged in that I’ve seen what I’m capable of achieving and I’m proud, but I’m not encouraged about the school’s attitude to equality.’
Lily, from Chatham in Kent, started a petition backing her cause which received more than 200 signatures.
She said: ‘I decided to come in dressed in the girls’ dress code, which basically meant I was wearing a top instead of a shirt.
‘It made me feel so happy, until I was sent home.’
Her solicitor sent the school details of the 2010 Equality Act, which states that a person ‘must not be discriminated against because of their gender reassignment as a transsexual’.
The school has apologised, and told Lily she can wear a school uniform and use the girls’ toilets and changing rooms.
Staff will also be given training on how to treat transgender pupils.
A spokesman for the school said: ‘We value highly the views of all our students, and take all points of view into account as we develop.
‘Transgender is an important issue for us, as for schools up and down the country.
‘As an inclusive, Catholic academy, we are confident that the attention we have given to transgender, including carefully listening to students, has been invaluable in us going even further to make sure all students are happy and comfortable, so that they can be as successful as possible.’
Lily’s petition called on transgender pupils to be able to ‘abide by the dress code and use the bathrooms of their correct gender’.