NEW unisex toilets for pupils at a Kingswinford primary school have become the subject of a national debate.

Bromley Hill Primary's refurbished toilets for years five and six pupils are unisex and open plan - a move which has caused concern amongst some parents and social media commentators.

Dudley Council said it is "working closely with the school to resolve" parents' concerns.

The issue became a hot topic after Talk TV breakfast show host Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeted asking: "Who would want this? Not little girls. Not little boys. Not parents. So who?????"

The original tweet with the headmaster's letter informing parents of the move was from Grahame Park Girl who states that "the parents were not consulted and are furious about it!"

Headmaster Jon Stevens' letter states: "The year 5/6 toilets have been totally refurbished to a very high standard.

"The Local Authority have designed the new toilets and have project managed the works.

"I am delighted with the final result - they look great and and smell nice!

"The one change is that the y5/6 toilets are unisex and open plan. Therefore both boys and girls use the same toilet facilities. I have spoken to all children about this and have asked them to lock the cubicle door whilst using the toilet.

"This way, they won't be disturbed and it will not matter that boys and girls are using the same facilities at the same time."

The tweet led to a debate with one person stating: "Isn’t it illegal? Parents should keep their children home until the school provides separate sex toilets."

Another said: "As a parent I would remove my child from this school. Whoever approved this fiasco should be sacked immediately."

One person said: "I would have hated this! I started my period at 10 and needed privacy. I was allowed to use the toilets instead of changing in class to be away from the boys but now girls are losing there places away from the boys, it's not right."

But some commentators didn't seem to think it was an issue.

One said: "Our toilets were mixed at primary school in the 70s. It wasn't a problem then."

Another said: "These have been in schools for many years. Individual cubicles in toilets in schools is not a new thing."

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said schools have a duty of care to offer 'single-sex toilets' to students.

Councillor Paul Bradley, deputy leader of Dudley Council, said: “We understand concerns raised by parents and are working closely with the school to resolve these.”