St Mary’s School Receives National Award for Tolerance & Respect

St Mary’s Preparatory School has been recognised by National charity Stonewall for their work in creating an atmosphere of tolerance and respect in their school.

The Stonewall School Champion Awards allow schools based in England to effectively benchmark their progress and give direction to their ongoing work in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating diversity.

Rob Harmer, Headmaster said, “I am enormously proud to receive this award in recognition of the work that the team at St Mary’s have done in this important area.  Respect for all is one of our key values, we are committed to tackling and preventing bullying of any sort, encouraging an atmosphere of tolerance amongst all our pupils.”

Recent changes in the school have included the introduction of gender neutral locker rooms and toilets, a more inclusive uniform choice, an expansion of the books available in the school library to show different types of families, and updating the anti-bullying policy including a pupil friendly version.

PSHCE lessons with the older pupils have included discussions on how the use of homophobic language can potentially affect someone’s feelings, as well as the whole school exploring and understanding that there are different types of family groups and relationships and that love is all that matters.

Kate Bodle, Deputy Head, Head of Pastoral Care said, “At our school we value difference in all its forms, this makes our school a very caring place to belong, and the children have really embraced the opportunity to discuss ways to make the school even more inclusive.”

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