Primary school introduces unisex toilets to ‘prevent transphobia’

The Telegraph is reporting that angry parents have complained after a primary school introduced unisex toilets in a bid to ‘prevent transphobia’…

Pupils were shocked to discover they had to share the ‘gender neutral’ toilets at the start of the school year, sparking concerns from parents.

Many say their children do not want to use facilities split with the opposite sex and it makes them feel ‘uncomfortable’.

Harbour Primary School in Newhaven, East Sussex, has defended the move, which it says is about ‘preventing transphobia’.

There are around 500 pupils at the school for three to 11-year-olds…

Headteacher Christine Terrey said the decision to include single sex toilets in their new building had been taken by East Sussex County Council.

She has invited parents to a meeting on ‘transphobia’, which will include a discussion about the toilets.

Mrs Terrey said: “The toilets are all in cubicles and they all lock. We just want all our children to be able to use the toilets.

“We no longer have urinals because they were quite unpopular with the boys.”

And a letter to parents said: “We want all the children in our school to feel safe and be happy.

“We also want our families to feel informed about how to effectively support transgender and gender questioning by their children, preventing any transphobia at the school.”

East Sussex County Council said it chose to install unisex toilets because they are better for ‘hygiene, maintenance and pupil behaviour’…

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When the shared toilets issue has come up before we’ve heard from lots of schools where it seems to work really well, but what do you make of the transphobia explanation? Bit baffled by that myself. Your thoughts? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. keiranmbellis

    SchoolsImprove this seems like a step too far or a bit of equality gone mad… In have no problem with unisex toilets but for transphobia??

  2. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Completely disrespectful, to girls especially. This must be overturned…..and the rights of kids restored.

  3. Janet2

    The doors may lock but school loos usually have doors with gaps underneath that pupils can peer under or walls which don’t reach the ceiling so anyone standing on a loo seat can look over the top.

    Many girls start menstruating before leaving primary school – it’s unacceptable to expect them to share toilet areas with boys.

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