Ormiston Victory Academy win’s Stonewall Award

Ormiston Victory Academy was delighted to be awarded the Stonewall Bronze Award in December 2018 in a formal recognition of its celebration of equality and diversity, and unwavering support of all students in need.

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The academy were given the School Champion award by the LGBT rights charity after submitting evidence of its inclusive ethos, including impressively written student reviews of books such as Lily and Dunkin, Two Boys Kissing and Boys don’t Cry.

Examples of student work on sexism, equality, sexuality and family diversity, along with Citizenship sessions on Challenging Homophobia, Transgenderism and LGBT issues were also used to demonstrate the academy’s work in creating a culture of acceptance.

The Stonewall Bronze Award complements Ormiston Victory Academy’s current Wellbeing and Schools (WAS) project, which ensures that students who are struggling with their gender identity and/or sexuality feel safe and supported in their emotional wellbeing.

Feedback from the judging panel noted that Victory’s policies made it clear that homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying (HBT) are not tolerated and congratulated the academy on their excellent approach to LGBT inclusion.

The academy will now begin its submission to the Stonewall Champion Schools Silver Award and is already well on its way to meeting the criteria, having introduced a gender-neutral uniform, a set of gender-neutral toilets, trained all staff on challenging HBT bullying and created a Victory Academy Transgender policy which has been adopted by OAT.

Naomi Palmer, Principal at Ormiston Victory Academy, said:

"We are proud to champion diversity and tolerance here at Ormiston Victory Academy and are thrilled that Stonewall have recognised this. Our students and staff work hard to tackle bullying and challenge stereotyping in a way that creates a school community and culture of acceptance.

"We now look forward to working further with the charity and progressing towards the Silver Award."