When the Isca Academy in southwest England (Devon) opened on Thursday morning, an estimated 30 boys arrived for class in skirts. As the temperature soared past 85 degrees this week, the teenage boys had asked their teachers if they could swap their long pants for shorts. They were told no — shorts weren’t permitted under the school’s uniform policy. When they protested that the girls were allowed bare legs, the school said the boys were free to wear skirts too if they chose. So on Wednesday, a handful did so. Some had borrowed from girlfriends, others from sisters. A few had gone the extra mile and shaved their legs.