This month we are celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month. We have a variety of events taking place throughout February for both students and parents. To start the month, our PSHE prefects delivered an assembly with a focus on What it Means to be an Ally to the LGBTQ+ community. As part the assembly we screened a short interview with the Nottingham LGBTQ+ Service, who we will be raising money for this month.

Students were also introduced to the ‘Book of the Month’ – ‘We Are All Made of Molecules’, a book that was specially selected due to its links to LGBTQ+.

Group of girls and teacher holding books

During the first week of February, many of our students spent their breaks and lunchtimes taking part in a flag treasure hunt competition around the school. They were tasked with finding 8 flags related to the LGBTQ+ community and had to write down details of what they mean. We had well over a hundred entries to the competition and selected 10 winners who will each receive their very own copy of the Book of the Month.

Lady stood on stage presenting

In the second week, Mrs Auterson delivered a thought-provoking assembly on Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, which considered why students should be aware of the diversity and inclusion polices of workplaces. In the same week Mr Beattie gave us a fascinating insight into how pronouns are used across different languages in his assembly.

front of school lit up like a rainbow

We were so grateful to the Mellor Group who supported us with our dream of lighting up the school in Rainbow Colours, to coincide with Night Light Nottinghamshire and the School’s Jazz and Curry Night. The school looked absolutely outstanding and we have had such wonderful feedback from both within and outside of school community.

Another event that we are planning as part of LGBTQ+ History month is a virtual coffee morning on the 26th Feb at 11am, this event is aimed primarily at parents who identify as LGBTQ+ or have children that do. The purpose of this event is to introduce ourselves to other members of the school community and have an informal discussion related to what it is like to be part of the LGBTQ+ community.