The array of choices were part of a Children’s Commissioner’s survey sent to pupils aged 13-18 in Brighton and Hove, according to The Argus.
‘Demi-boy’, ‘non-binary’ and ‘gender fluid’ could be selected as well as the traditional male and female options.
‘We want to know how gender matters to young people: what does gender mean to them; how does it affect their lives; what do they want to change?,’ said Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England.
But some parents of children under 16 at Brighton’s Blatchington Mill School said they were not asked permission, even though this was one of the conditions for pupils taking the questionnaire.
They also felt the survey could ‘confuse’ youngsters.
But the school’s head teacher Ashley Harrold stuck by her decision to hand out the survey.
‘We’re incredibly passionate about ensuring that every student feels safe and welcome at our school,’ she said. FULL REPORT BELOW