Christian comprehensive school's new £20k gender-neutral toilets spark backlash

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A comprehensive school reportedly spent £20,000 introducing swish new gender-neutral toilets for the new term.

The new loos for both boys and girls were opened in time for the new term at the Bishop of Llandaff Church-in-Wales High School in Cardiff.

In tweets, the secondary comprehensive said: “Welcome to our new “open plan” gender neutral toilet facilities in A block. These are in addition to existing boys/girls toilets.

“We intend to upgrade the boys/girls/staff facilities to same standard (remaining separate) over coming 12-18 months. Thanks for support.”

But the move sparked a backlash against the school, which accepts pupils aged 11-18. David Porter tweeted: “Is it me? There is a shortage of books, equipment, teachers…so spend the £ on this. Why, why, why??? I thought better of @Bishop_Llandaff.”

And Richard Morgan wrote: “Are the teachers are specially trained and willing to give up their break times for the necessary supervision that is going to be required?”

But head teacher Marc Belli defended the decision. He said: “We put gender neutral in our tweet but it’s not meant to be a gender issue. It is for practical reasons.

“Our toilet facilities have not had any significant investment for a number of years. We decided for open plan facilities which is in line with virtually all new existing buildings for the positive reasons associated with this.

“The facilities were made specifically for us, with floor to ceiling doors, and we felt it more appropriate to say that each cubicle should be available to all as opposed to separating them by gender.”

The Daily Mail said the toilets had cost as much as £20,000. A spokeswoman for the school declined to comment.

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