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Academy’s very private policy

IMPOSING: The Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull
Photo credit: Archbishop Sentamu Academy

AN ACADEMY in Hull has come under fire from parents and national media after introducing a rule that bans many children from using the bathroom during lesson time.

To defend accusations of damaging their pupil’s health, the Archbishop Sentamu Academy claim that some pupils will be allowed to ignore this rule providing they have a doctor’s note.

A parent posted a comment about the matter online:
“My child goes here and I said if she’s refused toilet at any time she walks out, it’s a basic human need, it’s not like they are asking for snack breaks.”

A spokesperson for the Academy told the Hull Daily Mail: "Our head of pastoral care has been in touch with parents on the phone, and most have been very happy with it. Parents have been basically supportive.

“We've had four parents who've expressed their concerns and we've spoken with them and those concerns have been resolved.

"It's helpful for staff and students if there's a clear rule for everyone to go by."

The Academy provides secondary-level and further education for almost 1,500 pupils aged between 11-18 and is named after the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

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