We are very proud to announce that Penwortham Girls’ High School has been awarded two more Equality Marks from Lancashire County Council! We have achieved the Gender Equality badge and the Sexual Orientation Equality badge following a recent visit from the Council where Mrs Hall and I were asked to demonstrate all the work we had done to promote and ensure equality in these areas.
The Lancashire Equality Mark is awarded to schools who ensure that they actively embed Equality throughout all their practice and enable all their students to thrive in a supportive learning community. There are six badges to work towards and we have now achieved five of these badges! We currently have the Race, Religion and Socio-Economic badges in addition to these two new awards.
We had an accreditation visit from the council which was a fantastic opportunity to discuss and share all the different types of events and plans that we have put in place to ensure all our students feel able to thrive in our school and to celebrate our diverse community. We were very proud of the feedback we received from the council, who described our approach towards promoting gender equality as ‘exemplary’. They mentioned being particularly impressed with how we celebrated ‘International Women’s Day’ as a particular focus, but also said it was evident that equality is something that is promoted across the whole school. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the amazing contributions that everyone across our school community, and the wider world, have made to our celebrations. Myself and Mrs Hall were very proud to talk about the interviews with Dame Sue Ion and local MP Katherine Fletcher that were expertly conducted by our Deputy Head Girl Tegan L. The council were also very impressed with all the work that our Year 10 Respect Council have made throughout this year!
We are continuously looking for more opportunities to promote equality in our school and to celebrate diversity and unity. Later this term, we will be hosting our ‘Unitee’ fashion show, which we are looking forward to as another occasion where our students can celebrate the wonderfully diverse world we live in! The fashion show promises to be an exciting and creative event – complete with a special guest judge!
We look forward to now achieving the final Equality Badge, which will make us the first school in Lancashire to receive all six awards in the last three years!