A MUM has pulled her daughter out of school after she was refused toilet breaks during her period.

The woman has claimed teachers at St James' Catholic High School in Stockport refused her daughter, 14, access to the toilet on numerous occasions.

The 14-year-old has reportedly suffered a number of humiliating period accidents in class as a result.

Her mother explained that only those with a medical condition can be given a toilet pass allowing them to go – but believes the school should adopt a more lenient policy around young girls' menstrual cycles.

On one occasion, she says her daughter bled onto the chair in class after she was denied a request to leave the classroom.

Another time, she was given boys trousers to wear after an accident, which made her "feel even more uncomfortable".

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The mum – who did not want to be identified to protect her daughter – has been fighting the school's policy for a long time.

Following a similar incident last week, the girl's mother is digging her heels and is refusing to send her daughter back until the issue is resolved.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, she said: "I'm absolutely fed up with my daughter being put in this situation. I've spoken to her doctor about it who said they don't consider being female a medical condition and they're willing to write to the school to say they don't agree with the policy."

The mum-of-two, from Heald Green, says the Stockport's school's draconian policy around this topic is compromising young girls' health.

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"It's physical and mental harm," she continued. "My daughter already struggles to make friends and there have been issues, but if she has an accident in class, this just makes things 10 times worse.

The 35-year-old said the toilet ban has made her daughter anxious about attending school each time she starts her period.

After ringing school last week to explain that the youngster was having a heavy period and may need to visit the toilet during class time – she was given a toilet pass for the day – but her mum argues this approach only papers over the cracks.

She fumed: "They eventually gave her a pass but made it clear she would not be getting another one. But it shouldn't be like this at all.

"It's a difficult age anyway and most kids just want to be invisible, not having to deal with something like this that makes them stand out in front of everyone. It's embarrassing for young girls to be put on the spot."

A spokesperson for the school said: "The school can confirm that it is currently working to resolve a parental concern."

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