School REMOVES toilet doors despite it leaving pupils 'feeling uncomfortable'

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The doors were taken out at Range High School in Formby, Merseyside, over the Christmas holiday after senior leaders took the decision. Changes have not been made to the girls’ toilets where doors remain in place.

Some pupils have said the change makes them uncomfortable because others walking in the corridor outside would hear them in the loo.

Staff at the secondary insist the doors’ removal does not undermine the boys’ privacy, although one boy said he did not understand the reason behind the move.

A Year 11 pupil, who has not been named, told the Liverpool Echo: “People don’t feel comfortable using the toilets.

“There are cubicles, but the urinals are behind a screen and you can see into the room and hear people using the toilets.

“It’s just created tension in the school. It happened to me yesterday, I was using the toilet and there were some girls outside and as I was coming out they shouted, ‘We can hear you’.

“It’s not a comfortable experience.”

He added that he did not think it was fair because the girls’ toilets still have doors.

The youngster said: “I don’t think the girls should have their doors removed, but for me you should either do it to both or not at all.

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“No one’s privacy is compromised in any way following the installation of new privacy panelling in the two toilets where doors have been removed.

“There are also many other toilets across the school for students to access.”

A school Ofsted report published in November 2018 noted that a minority of boys’ behaviour was having a disproportionately negative impact on the care, welfare, education and personal development of the majority of pupils.

It adds that school leaders and governors know the aspects of the school which needed to improve.

According to guidance issued by the Department for Education in 2015, school toilets should be designed so staff can supervise them without compromising the privacy of pupils.

The rooms housing such facilities should also be lit and “adequately ventilated”, the guidance says.

In the case of unisex toilets, the privacy of the person using the loo needs to be ensured.

This includes having an “adequate enclosure” and a full-height door.



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