I visitied the school a couple of weeks ago just as they were awarded Gold Status, and you could see how proud they were of it (rightfully so). I was really impressed by the school ethos.
Well done to all involved, it’s great to have a school like this in SE23.
FHS ACHIEVES GOLD STONEWALL SCHOOL CHAMPION AWARD
Under the refreshed award programme, Forest Hill School is currently the only school in London with Stonewall Gold status – and one of only two secondary schools in the country! At FHS, we are wholly committed to continuing to improve our inclusion and celebration of LGBTQ+ people and identities. #FHSandProud
Lewisham weekly email:
Earlier this week I went with Cllr Chris Barnham, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and School Performance, to Forest Hill School to celebrate them being awarded Stonewall Gold Status.
The award gives recognition to schools tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating diversity, and Forest Hill is the only school in London to be awarded the status. The school has done so much to demonstrate their commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality, including inclusive lessons and policies, and I know everyone at the school - and the Council - is really proud that their work has been recognised in this way.
Every child should feel safe and valued in school. Forest Hill are changing the experience of LGBTQ+ children in school and I hope other schools will follow their success. Well done to everyone at Forest Hill School for this incredible achievement - we are very proud of you!
Sadly the work of Stonewall – and Forest Hill School – is still incredibly important and necessary, as is the national Hate Crime Awareness Week, which we also marked this week.
Hate crime involves targeting individuals, groups and communities because of who they are. It covers all criminal offences from verbal abuse to property damage. Our staff were out in the borough this week to share information about hate crime and the support available for those experiencing it.