Diversity and Inclusion
At Wisbech Grammar School we believe in celebrating diversity and are fully committed to creating a place where all pupils feel welcome, respected and valued. Pupils should feel that they always have equal opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom. Creating an inclusive and safe school environment is extremely important to us. We are always looking for ways to ensure all pupils feel confident to be who they want to be.
That is why we are proud to announce that Wisbech Grammar School will be working towards achieving the Rainbow Flag Award over the coming year, from January 2022 to January 2023.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for schools and is delivered by The Kite Trust in Cambridgeshire.
The award focuses on LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility within school. It is about positive LGBT+ education and encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBTphobic behaviour.
At Wisbech Grammar School we are committed to improving the lives of LGBT+ pupils in our school, those from LGBT+ families and LGBT+ staff members. We want all our pupils to recognise and question myths and stereotypes, be educated and use inclusive language and understand the importance of equality.
We have already established a Pupil Voice group and through this and our Equality and Diversity club, pupils have been keen to highlight the importance of LGBT+ issues and how it impacts on them. Throughout February we have been celebrating LGBT+ History month in school and pupils have been learning about The Stonewall Riots, changing laws in the UK and the lives and contributions of LGBT+ people, past and present.
Being part of the Rainbow Flag Award is very exciting for us. By taking part in and completing the award our aim is to allow any pupil wishing to explore/express their gender and/or sexuality to access appropriate support. They will have skilled staff from within school to help them and all pupils will be encouraged to be allies. Pupil Voice plays a vital role in this, and pupil-led initiatives will continue to be the way in which we create an LGBT+ inclusive environment and in doing so a richer community for all.
In a recent assembly, Mr Timmis, Senior Deputy Head said: “At Wisbech Grammar we all have a right to feel welcome at school and a responsibility to ensure we are always welcoming to each other.”