Apr 30, 2017 Last Updated 10:20 AM, Apr 28, 2017

Washroom provider, Venesta discusses how schools can overcome common challenges

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According to The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the Education (School Premises) Regulations stipulate that there should be at least 1 toilet for every 10 pupils under 5 years old and 1 for every 20 pupils over that age.

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Whilst it’s important that schools adhere to these guidelines, adding more, or new, toilets is a significant undertaking both in terms of time and budget. Working with a washroom manufacturer who understands this and can cater to your needs is extremely important, and will make a real difference to the whole experience.

Recognised as an ‘Outstanding School’ by Ofsted, Lyons Hall is a popular choice for local children and is therefore becoming well over-subscribed. So, to meet the need for extra pupil places, a new 7-class base teaching block was commissioned.

The first phase of the project incorporated new washrooms for the early years’ pupils and also washrooms for general use. For younger children, it is very important that they feel safe and secure when using the washroom. Using the school toilets when children are little can be a daunting thing so ensuring that the toilets provided are inviting to use, private enough to avoid any feelings of embarrassment but accessible enough to accommodate adult supervision where necessary, can be a challenge. A cubicle system that’s available in a bright and engaging colour scheme, with varying height options and excellent safety features, such as anti-finger trap hinges, is the perfect solution. Children feel confident using the cubicles and adults feel reassured over their pupils’ safety.

That daunting feeling of visiting the school toilets can continue when students reach secondary school too. With many schools opting for communal, unisex WC areas, the need for privacy is great. This was the challenge for Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford. With unisex washrooms located in an open area, the washrooms needed to be easy to supervise whilst offering complete visual and audible privacy for the pupils. In this instance a seamless, flush fronted cubicle system with full height doors was specified in a vibrant green to fit in with the theme of the building. This created a washroom area that not only looked inviting to use but felt safe, secure and comfortable to visit too.

As well as providing a cubicle system that looks good and keeps pupils safe, it is also important for specifiers to know they are getting the best for their budget. Having last had their toilets refurbished by Venesta in the late 90s, The Royal Grammar School in Buckinghamshire felt that it was time they gave their students fresh, new, modern looking washrooms. However, having capacity for 1370 boys at their school meant that they needed something just as robust and durable as the last installation! They chose to install Venesta Award cubicles for this new project and felt reassured that by choosing a manufacturer with a proven track record they would be spending their money wisely and adding to the other excellent facilities they offer their boys.

In summary, there are many things to consider when undertaking a school washroom refurbishment. Venesta aims to offer children the best facilities possible. However big or small the requirement, it has the experience and expertise to help.

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