Hi Can I ask something as a parent? My child has just started secondary and it appears some staff refuse to allow a child to leave the class for the loo. They have 5 mins between classes and have to use that time, however if a lesson is at the top of the next block it takes 5 mins to get there and the loos are on the bottom floor! If you are late you get a detention. My daughter came home distressed as she had been desperate for the loo (It was first lesson after lunch) and was refused permission. Some staff give cards which explain why a child is out of class but this teacher never allows anyone to use the loo. She had awful tummy ache so desperate was she and ended up leaking as she ran to the loo after the lesson.She was so devastated she pleaded illness and I left work to collect her. I am absolutely livid and quite honestly feel this is practically child abuse. It is quite common to need the loo following a meal and drink an hour or so later and to refuse the loo is cruel. My child is quite a reserved child and yet she asked for the loo 3 times and each time the eacher got more and more stroppy. With this age group due to start periods as well this concern me immensely. I wonder how the member of staff would feel not being allowed to use the loo? Is this common practice in secondary? My husband and I wish to make a formal complaint as this has had a terrible effect on her second week of "big school." Will this ruin our relationship with the school?