The Telegraph reports that a teenage girl is being allowed to sleep in a boys’ boarding house by her school after she disclosed doubts about her gender identity.
Andrew Fisher, headmaster of “progressive” independent school Frensham Heights in Farnham, Surrey, said the girl and her parents had requested she be given a private room.
Two other teenage girls at the school who play football in the boys teams and have adopted male names have asked to be addressed as “him”, rather than “her”.
Mr Fisher said: “Our boarding houses are co- educational in the day — but boys and girl separate at night into single-sex wings,” he said. “One of our students, however, has a single room in a boys’ boarding house wing this year. The other boys are aware this student is going through questioning their identity and they are not frightened or intimidated by that.
The question of how to deal with “gender fluidity” has become a key issue for private schools, The Sunday Times reported, fueling deep divisions within the independent education sector.
Some are said to fear they could be open to legal action under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 if a pupil does not feel he or she has been treated sympathetically.
Independent Schools Council chair Barnaby Lenon, a former headmaster of the all-boys school Harrow, said he had not come across a single such case in 40 years of teaching.
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