‘We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say “Hen is coming around 2 p.m.” Then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.’

Jay Belsky, a child psychologist at the University of California, Davis, said he’s not aware of any other school like Egalia, and he questioned whether it was the right way to go.

‘The kind of things that boys like to do — run around and turn sticks into swords — will soon be disapproved of,’ he said.

‘So gender neutrality at its worst is emasculating maleness.’