Mixed reaction to South Shields primary school’s toilet policy

Zoe Boyle with daughters Felicity, left, and Zeya, unhappy with Harton Primary School.
Zoe Boyle with daughters Felicity, left, and Zeya, unhappy with Harton Primary School.

The toilet break policy of a South Tyneside primary school has been met with a mixed reaction from readers.

Mum Zoe Boyle has hit out at Harton Primary School claiming their are denying her daughter a “basic human right.”

Harton Primary School, East Avenue, South Shields.

Harton Primary School, East Avenue, South Shields.

The school in South Shields notes the names of children who go to the bathroom during class time - and those who have not are given priority to use the toilet first when break-time arrives.

Bosses at the school have defended the policy and say children are “not punished” for using the toilet during lessons but those who have not used the facilities “may be given priority” to use the toilet first when break time arrives.

Zoe Boyle, 28, from East Avenue, who is also mum to Zeya, six, says her daughter Felicity Gardner is being punished for needing a wee and that the child has suffered a number of infections and she has been prescribed with antibiotics on one occasion.

In a poll, 61% of readers said primary school children’s toilet breaks should not be prioritised.

Zoe Boyle with daughters Felicity, left, and Zeya, unhappy with Harton Primary School.

Zoe Boyle with daughters Felicity, left, and Zeya, unhappy with Harton Primary School.

Meanwhile, people have taken to social media to give their views.

Gemma Reay wrote: “Can’t believe this is still going on in schools it’s disgusting. If you need to go you need to go!

“I would never tell my child he can’t go to the toilet because it’s an inconvenient time so why should it be any different at school?”

Lynne Thoburn said: “Our school doesn’t prevent our kids from going to the toilet if they’re desperate but the problem is, it’s such a disruption to rest of the class when they’re working, one wants to go then another and so on. Kids wandering around during class time isn’t right unless they are really desperate well that’s my opinion.”

Joanne Smith posted: “Not all kids need to go during break, you can’t pick and choose when you need to go.”

Some people seemed confused as to why pupils were losing some of their break time if they went to the toilet during class.

Nicola Clarke said: “I’m confused as to why they lose some of their break time if they go to the toilet during class? She’s a child for God’s sake if they need to go to the toilet, then they need to go unless it’s a case of constantly going to get out of lessons.

“Would that happen in the work place?? I agree with the mother they should maybe ask her before class starts if she needs the toilet & remind her to go at break times and lunch times and hopefully it will help the poor child. Hope this doesn’t affect her long term.”

Donna Marie Henderson suggested if a child has a medical condition for them to be given a pass.

She wrote: “If a child has a medical condition in which they need toilet more they get issued with a medical card/a toilet pass so they can go when they need to.”