Blatch Awarded Rainbow Flag Award

Friday, 01 March 2019

Blatchington Mill is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Rainbow Flag Award! The Rainbow Flag Award is a quality assurance framework for schools that encourages a proactive, whole-school approach to LGBT inclusion. The award requires schools to actively involve all members of the school community including pupils, governors, teachers, senior leaders and parents in the discussion about how we can achieve a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT children and young people.

In order to achieve the award, Ms Auld, Head of PSHE, worked incredibly hard with our newly –launched group of student LGBT Ambassadors. Our ambassadors introduced rainbow lanyards to the school so that staff can openly show support for our LGBT students, and they also conducted training with some of our staff members focusing on how to make LGBT students feel comfortable and welcome in the classroom. One of our teachers was so impressed by our LGBT ambassadors, that they described the training as ‘life-changing’. Over the past year our ambassadors also launched an LGBT club – open to all members of the school community – and have organised fundraising activities to raise money for Allsorts Youth Project.

We received our Rainbow Flag Award at a ceremony held at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy on 28th February and were treated to an incredibly moving talk by Joanne Monck, a Stonewall role model for schools and a transgender activist who spoke about her experiences as a transgender woman and told our students: ‘you’re all an inspiration to the youth of today and I’m very proud of you all’.

Ms Auld, who has been working towards the Rainbow Flag Award with our ambassadors said: ‘I am so amazingly proud of how the students have worked to make projects happen. We have also really appreciated senior leadership support with our initiatives'.

We’d like to thank Ms Auld, Allsorts Youth Project, and our LGBT community at Blatchington Mill for their hard work and support in helping us to achieve this valuable and important award – we will continue to ensure that Blatchington Mill remains a safe and welcoming environment for all students and the wider community.   

Rainbow Flag Award Ceremony 
 Rainbow Flag Award Ceremony