I wasn't too bothered in lower school, 11/12 year old or at least don't remember being too bothered from what i remember it was so tight in those changing rooms that the teacher was non stop saying come on hurry up that they really didn't care if you bothered or not.
Upper school though, 13 years onwards we had a sports centre attatched to the school that we used this was back in the 80's it was the public sports centre for the town and it still had communal showers though.
I remember going into them but there was a brick wall screen them off so the water and steam didn't flow out at all and i suppose that was the modesty bit as there was the corridour bit for you to walk along as well that you didn't get wet. Apart for anything else though all that tiling around made it bloody cold in there.
Hardly any of us though actually had a shower. we went in with towel round us. and came out with towel round us. the showers were turned on all the time but most of us didn't get wet.
What about people who went to sports clubs. I went to Hockey club afterschool and noone thought it necasary for us to shower then. Funny how when its during school hours and teachers are in loco parentis they have to enforce the you need to be hygenic and clean but as soon as they're just the hockey coach you can be all dirty and mucky its a for all i care, dont give a dam attitude.
We were certainly never watched or checked in and out. Periods got you our of PE not the shower.
We never had showers at primary school - but at secondary school (mid/late 80s and early 90s) showers were compulsory after most PE lessons. I think the only time we were allowed not to was if PE was the last lesson of the day and we went home still wearing our PE kit.
Teens are an odd bunch. Mine have so many body issues due to ****ing media plop, they wouldn't be seen dead in a school shower. School is only five minutes away so I would prefer they nipped home for one, even if a bit pongey whilst waltzing through the door, rather than baiting from evil mean girl/boy types (that quite frankly should be hung up by the eyelashes)My children are both quite pretty, but because they are not Kate Moss, they feel inadequate. Life is a bitch.
n the early 80s when I went to the big school communal showers was the main source of dread for us first years. The Boys pe changing area was rundown and poorly supervised plus for PE you mixed with other houses so there were some opportunities for bullying going on.
We had to take spare pants to change into after games and if we couldn't show we had them we had to go commando. You were checked off going into the shower and we had regular pep talks about male hygiene which made us squirm. I don't remeber anyone having deodorant until fifth form so we must have been a bit stinky anyway and shirts did at least 2 or 3 days wear.
I only remember teachers showering with us a couple of times and that was after school activity stuff.
Only in secondary schoolm, 1977-1982. Definately compulsorary unless you had your period, and definately completely naked, no towels were allowed in the shower. One big communal shower - no doors. Cant remember if the teacher watched that we had all been in.
Not sure if they still have to in our local secondary - will find out when eldest daughter starts there in 2 years!
That is bloody horrendous in the eighties the secondary school in West Edinburgh i attended seemed to have a PE department that consisted of day release pedos and pervs, they would force you to stand while they checked your tackle for cheese before you went for the showers before hitting the pool.
There was a scandal about pics being taken of both sexes secretly while undressed in the communal showers/changing rooms which found there way into the hands of outsiders, it was covered up because one of the PE teachers was/is related to a then prominent Labour councillor now Cabinet Minister.