We had swimming lessons in the school pool, for which we wore swimwear- absolutely shocked at some people claiming they did it naked. In those days I recall you the pe shorts had to last for several years.I guess I should be grateful for the faculties and regulations we have today! Parents could not afford to buy new ones very often.I think it was due to not being on the uniform list which stipulated a white PE vest.Despite bringing an ordinary vest for the next lesson the lad was kept in the skins team for the whole term. I only had a vest on literally a handful of times during all my years at school.
But after a while you really didn't notice you had your shirt off. Even birthmark boy got used to it in the end (I think) I used to wear my normal vest for PE and not the special one with the school crest on on it. One boy had to perform the physical activities in his underpants for for not remembering to bring his kit on the right day! We had to stay in the showers until we were told to get out by the masters.I was conscious of feeling very exposed and I think some of the other barechested boys felt the same.What I didn't realise at first was that we had to remain in the same teams for the next few PE lessons as well... I suppose it was a kind of tough love, but it seemed unfair to me at the time, with other lads wearing their vests and me doing PE in just my shorts every time.We used coloured bibs to differentiate between teams.We had shower cubicles in which we showered in private. As you say by the age of 14 the shorts did not cover much.