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You’re asking for trouble: Parents’ anger after school builds unisex toilets for its pupils – by Rebecca Seales – Last updated at 1:56 AM on 13th January 2012

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2012 at 4:37 am

Parents have accused a Hartlepool school of ‘asking for trouble,’ after it built unisex toilets for secondary school pupils.

The toilet block at Dyke House Sports and Technology College was rebuilt as part of a £12.4m revamp and features three floor-to-ceiling cubicles, each for males and females.

The new design, unveiled after the school was remodelled under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, sees both sexes walk out from the cubicles to the same room and use communal sinks.

Out of order? The unisex toilets at Dyke House Sports and Technology College have provoked anger from parents

Mother-of-two Lynsey Smith, 32, who has a son at the school and lives in nearby Avondale Gardens, Hartlepool, said: ‘If I had a daughter I wouldn’t like to think you have got boys there giving it ‘howay’, carrying on while the girls are going through periods and all that sort of stuff.

‘And if people are dating they might end up in the toilets.

‘It’s asking for trouble really.’

One mum, who took to Facebook to express her anger, wrote: ‘[My daughter] said she’s refusing to go to the toilet for the next 4 and a half years.’

She said she has contacted Hartlepool Borough Council and her local councillor over the issue.

School bosses have defended the new facilities, claiming the toilets are ‘the way forward in 21st Century schools.’

They say the block will always be monitored by a staff member, and will combat the problem of ‘smokers’ corners’.

Andrew Jordon, headteacher at the 1,050-pupil school, said two parents had raised concerns about the toilets, but had changed their minds once they had been invited to see the lavatories.

He added: ‘What we had at the old Dyke House was girls’ and boys’ toilets in the same block, but with a rat-run of places where people could smoke.

‘We have got them contained within the same block, but it’s much more of a pleasant experience.

‘The toilets are very separate – they all have individual cubicles which have floor-to-ceiling doors.

‘There will be a set of toilets for each individual year group that have three individual cubicles for boys and three for girls.’
Supporter: Andrew Jordon, head teacher of Dyke House Sports and Technology College, says the toilets will always be monitored by staff

Supporter: Andrew Jordon, head teacher of Dyke House Sports and Technology College, says the toilets will always be monitored by staff

Mr Jordon said the school had spent 18 months working on the design with contractors Balfour Beatty and that the open-plan format was a ‘stock-design’ for the national construction firm.

He added that the toilets are supervised by a member of staff – either by a progress leader during lessons, whose office is beside the toilets, or by a member of supervisory staff during breaks and lunchtimes.

He acknowledged that the issue of girls’ periods had come up in a lengthy consultation involving the school, architects and pupils, and it was felt the floor-to-ceiling design addressed this matter.

Peter McIntosh, head of schools transformation with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: ‘The layout of the toilets at Dyke House School is an increasingly accepted practice in modern schools.

‘Indeed, the same concept already exists and works well at the town’s Space to Learn facility.

‘When we were in the planning stages for Dyke House we looked at several new schools elsewhere which had adopted this design and the feedback was very positive.

‘There are still dedicated toilets for girls and boys with floor to ceiling privacy and it is very much the way forward in 21st Century schools.’

***Commentator comments :

No bloke wants to be near a woman on the rag! – Ryan, Manchester, 13/01/2012 03:29 This is hilarious, it made me laugh out loud. No woman wants to be near a woman on the rag either! [[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]] Do what they respectful Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Far Eastern cultures and society do, prevent OTR-ers

– Amina, London, 13/1/2012 03:45
Rating   1

What sort of schooling is this? teaching young people that its ok for males and females to share conveniences. All part of the leftist blurring of the sexes lets go against nature claptrap to force our young people into line with their warped ideals. Absolutley barmy.

– Scritti Politti, South Shields, 13/1/2012 03:33
Rating   7

Hartlepool Borough Council and School bosses have defended the new facilities, claiming the toilets are ‘the way forward in 21st Century schools.’ ………….. Presumably the toilets are also of the Middle-Eastern “squat toilet” type and face away from Mecca? [[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]] You’re an evil genius Brian . . . well to Muslim haters anyway . . .

– Brian, London, UK, 13/1/2012 03:32
Rating   5

No bloke wants to be near a woman on the rag!

– Ryan, Manchester, 13/1/2012 03:29
Rating   5

Next it will be uni-sex deep trench latrines to save money! Get rid of the bampots who come up with these truly lunatic schemes.That in itself would probably allow them to have an individual loo EACH!

– Dragonhead, Wellington, New Zealand, 13/1/2012 03:24
Rating   13

This will provide the excellent opportunity children all need to have sex in a toilet.

– Dr Iannis, Marlborough, 13/1/2012 03:19
Rating   14

With a school name like that, you should expect the unexpected.

– kp, aust, 13/1/2012 03:16
Rating   10

If the name of the school’s anything to go by then they’ve nothing to worry about

– Boadicea, England, 13/1/2012 03:10
Rating   11

Wake up parents, stand your ground and say NO! This so-called modernity is being foisted on you just because it’s cheaper. Teenagers need the privacy that they always had with separately housed facilities. You know that and so do the teenagers.

– mara, nz, 13/1/2012 03:01
Rating   21

This country is going backwards not forwards.

– Ian, Gravesend UK, 13/1/2012 02:49

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

The article states : ‘And if people are dating they might end up in the toilets.

Actually they could make the distinction between excretion of waste and sex with by differentiating  “Toilet Stalls”, with dedicated urinal or latrine free “Bath Stalls” that could double as “Sex Stalls” which will not be present in schools for obvious reasons. With twice the space, considerations in design for privacy could be better achieved.

Also LC and MC schools need these cost cutting measures. Only UC and above type schools should continue the tradition. Besides, most of the LC and MC working class types need to focus less on gender and more on work. Desensitizing on gender via toilets and reminding them of the commonality (look I’m pretending to be Romney the 1%ter, can’t wait to start firing people – I for one think that was taken out of context though not being there like the others who took offense, I can’t be too sure . . . ) . . . I mean common humanity, will be good for LC and MC types. Gender separate toilets are a luxury if anything with 3rd Sex toilets extreme luxury.

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