Primary School Headteacher Asks Pupils To Fill Out 'Reflection Statement' To Use Toilet

Primary school is a good time to test your limits. How many milk cartons can you get through during afternoon break? Can you persuade the dinner lady to let you stay outside even though it's spitting? And, of course, how many times is too many when it comes to asking if you can go to the toilet?

But think back to your school days (yes, all that time ago), and imagine you didn't just have to ask permission to go for a wee - you had to fill in a written request.

Meet headteacher Rachel Bentham, who requires her pupils to fill in a 'reflection sheet' if they require a wee during lessons.

Headteacher Rachel Bentham. Credit: Reach
Headteacher Rachel Bentham. Credit: Reach

According to the Mirror, as well as the reflective policy, Rachel Bentham has also reportedly introduced 'fantastic walking', where children stride around the school grounds in a 'calm and purposeful' manner with their hands behind their backs.

Now, parents have signed a letter to governors at Norden Community Primary School in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, expressing their concern at the changes that have been made saying that they affect the children's' 'mental well-being'.

A generic stock photo shows Primary School children. Credit: PA
A generic stock photo shows Primary School children. Credit: PA

The letter, which was picked up by the publication, reads: "It has been reported to parents that children are being denied toilet breaks in lessons, or if they appear really desperate and have gone anyway, they have to fill in a reflection sheet.

"Why stigmatise children with having to fill in a reflection sheet about a bodily function some children are only just learning to control?"

They also added that the policy on 'fantastic walking' (which just sounds plain weird) belongs 'in Victorian times or in a military academy'.

As well as having to write a reflection sheet, pupils allegedly have to carry out 'fantastic walking'. Credit: PA
As well as having to write a reflection sheet, pupils allegedly have to carry out 'fantastic walking'. Credit: PA

The family members added: "Asking children to walk with their hands behind their backs represents a significant risk to their health and safety. Children are not fully co-ordinated and use their hands and arms to balance."

According to one parents, the changes have left children saying that 'all the fun has gone out of school'.

Governors have responded to the concerns, explaining that Ms Bentham was 'committed to working with the parents to provide the best quality of education'.

Norden Community Primary School, Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Credit: Reach
Norden Community Primary School, Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Credit: Reach

In a separate letter from the governors, they said: "The head has established parent forum meetings. The first will address some of the concerns about changes. We will respond to all concerns or complaints if they are received in an appropriate manner."

In a statement obtained by the Mirror, a spokesperson for Rochdale Council said: "We are aware of the issues that parents have raised and we are dealing with them via appropriate procedures."

LADbible has contacted the school for comment.

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Rebecca Shepherd

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