SCHOOL WASHROOM GUIDELINES

These guidelines give an overview on available recommendations including from the Department of Education - Advice on Standards for School Premises (May 2013).

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NURSERY GUIDELINES

Toilets

It is recommended that pupils under the age of five years have one toilet for every ten pupils.

 

Washbasins

When the majority of pupils are under the age of eleven years, then as many wash basins as toilets are recommended.

 

Unisex Toilets

Separate boys and girls washrooms are not required until the pupils are eights years old and above.

 

Recommendations

Junior toilet pans and lowered sinks are recommended for easy access by the children. Self closing taps are also beneficial.

From a hygiene perspective, liquid soap dispensers and disposable hand towels are the best option for young children.

 

Staff Toilets

Staff and visitor toilets must be separate from the pupils toilets.

SCHOOL GUIDELINES

Toilets

Pupils over the age of five years should have one toilet for every twenty pupils.

 

Washbasins

When the majority of pupils are eleven or older:

One toilet = at least one washbasin

Two toilets = at least two washbasins

Three or more toilets = at least two-thirds washbasins

 

Urinals

Private toilet cubicles are recommended above urinals in Secondary schools (particularly the trough type). Research has shown urinals can contribute to a condition known as 'shy bladder syndrome'.

 

Unisex Toilets

The law states that toilet areas for male and female pupils over the age of eight must be separate.

 

Shower / Changing Rooms

Suitable changing accommodation and showers must be provided for pupils aged eleven years or over who receive physical education.

 

Recommendations

Private toilets that lock are preferred to urinals and it is advised that space outside the cubicles are kept to a minimum to combat anti-social behaviour.

 

Staff Toilets

Staff and visitor toilets must be separate from the pupils toilets.

SPECIAL SCHOOL / DISABLED TOILET GUIDELINES

Toilets

In special schools it is recommended that there is one toilet for every ten pupils, regardless of age.

 

Toilets for Disabled Pupils

 

Each wheelchair accessible cubicle needs to contain one toilet and one washbasin.

 

The cubicle should have a door opening directly onto a circulation space that is not a staircase, and can be secured from the inside.

 

The number and location of accessible toilets should be sufficient to ensure a reasonable travel distance for users that does not involve changing floor levels.

 

Where separate facilities are provided for pupils who are disabled, they may also be used by other pupils, staff, suppy staff, volunteers and visitors, whether or not they are disabled.