Dad claims daughter’s school banned students from going to the toilet during class time

The angry father warned that having to hold him back can lead to health problems and said parents are considering withdrawing their children from school

North Cestrian School, Altrincham
North Cestrian School, Altrincham, where parents are reported to be hugging over draconian bathroom guidelines

An angry father has blown up his child’s school after saying teachers have forbidden students to go to the toilet.

The parent says children are being prevented from going to the toilet during classes at North Cestrian School in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, after some pupils “played around” and said they had to go if they didn’t.

The school has said children will still be allowed to use the toilet “where there is a strong urge”.

But the father claimed that was not the case in the classrooms, and students were told that all but one toilet near reception is locked during class.

Parents are up in arms about the policy, with some even considering removing their children from school unless changes are made, the father of a seventh grader said Manchester evening news.



Manchester evening news)

“I think this is absolutely ridiculous and I know some parents are considering taking their kids out of school if that doesn’t change within a month,” said the father, who declined to be named.

He said the response was “very totalitarian, overly disciplinarian”.

He added, “What they should do is look after the few who might be the problem kids and educate them accordingly, not take the easier route and say none of you can go.”

He said the medical evidence was clear about the harm that could be done if you had to hold on if you had to walk – and students sometimes had to wait two hours if it was a double lesson.

“There are numerous articles listing the health problems associated with being detained for too long,” he said.

“It disrupts the brain’s natural signals, and with my daughter being there for five years at such a crucial stage in her development, who knows what long-term side effects it could have for her and other students.

“It’s wrong on so many levels, it’s really unbelievable. In my day you drank from a water well. Now kids are expected to carry around plastic or metal bottles and have them in class, which means they drink regularly. So it’s obvious that they need to go to the bathroom more often than teachers might remember from their school days.”

He added: “Children are anxious enough about everything that is going on in the world without worrying if their body is going against its nature, something that any student has no control over when they legitimately need to go to the bathroom .”

However, the school says that while it encourages students to use the restroom outside of class time, it doesn’t prohibit them if they’re desperate.

Principal Lee Bergin said: “Children are encouraged to go to the bathroom during breaks to avoid disrupting class. You are encouraged to regulate accordingly. Teaching staff will remind students of this during class.

“If there is a strong urge to go to the toilet, this is allowed. Of course it is allowed. Every child with a medical need has a discreet pass that allows them to go to the toilet if necessary.”

Mr Bergin added that he had received “only one communication from a parent asking for clarification” on the matter.

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