Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

Abbey College receives LGBTQ+ Rainbow Flag Award

Staff and students at Abbey College, Ramsey have received an award for their commitment to improving inclusion and diversity.

This recognition underscores the school’s commitment to raising visibility of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, plus other related identities) rights and combatting instances of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

Siobhan Dowd, Assistant Headteacher and Moral and Spiritual Lead, said: “We are thrilled to  have achieved the LGBT+ Rainbow Flag Award, which is a testament to our three Spirit virtues: humility, institution and passion. I’m proud of our staff and students who work towards these principles every day, leading us to receive this incredible recognition.”

The Rainbow Flag Award is granted to schools that excel in six areas: skilled teacher, supportive governors and parents, effective policies, inclusive curriculum, pastoral support and student voice.

Staff at Abbey College proactively educate students about equality and diversity by implementing an inclusive curriculum and comprehensive PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic) programmes.

The school amplifies its students’ voices, promoting an environment where they are empowered to express their perspectives and concerns. A significant aspect of this effort is its dedicated Pride Group, consisting of students who actively take part in curriculum planning to ensure it remains responsive to evolving needs. The group plays a crucial role in identifying and addressing any comments or behaviours that do not uphold inclusivity standards.

Additionally, Abbey College has revised its school policies, and signposts to support spaces where students can seek advice.

Students were overjoyed when they learnt the news, and a founding member of the school’s Pride club said: “The progress our school has taken towards the Award has made it a better environment and a more inclusive place for everyone.”

Siobhan continued: “We believe in providing a safe environment where our staff and students celebrate one another’s differences and consider the impact of our actions on those around us.

“This award reaffirms our dedication to improving the lives of all young people and aligns perfectly with our mission to inspire inclusive and acceptance in our students.”

The project has been funded by the Government Equalities Office, via the Department for Education (DfE).