As part of growing up, all young people will spend time exploring their identity and developing a sense of who they are. This will include thinking about who they are attracted to (their sexual orientation), how they feel about their gender (their gender identity), and the different ways they express their gender. Some young people will realise that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, meaning that their sexual orientation or gender identity may be different from many of their peers. Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans can feel like an extra pressure for young people at school, depending on the extent to which staff, peers and the wider school community are supportive. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people often worry that those around them, at school and at home, will react negatively to who they are, and too often experience high levels of bullying in school. This can be very damaging and leave young people feeling isolated and unable to access the support or information they need.
We know that school plays a vital role in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. This page is designed to help our school community to understand and meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. It contains practical guidance and outlines where support might be the same or different for lesbian, gay or bisexual students, and trans students. Creating an inclusive environment is a key part of making sure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people feel welcome and valued at school, and falls in with our ethos of Respect, Care and Honesty- for all.
Who can I talk to at THS if I feel I’ve been targeted with discriminatory/homophobic/racist language?
There are lots of people you can talk to at THS if you feel you need to report an issue;
- Learning Managers
- Ms Wells- DSL
- Mrs Pickles
- Your form tutor
Alternatively feel free to speak to any member of staff with whom you feel comfortable, we are all here to help you feel safe and happy.
Click here for our Pastoral page, if you need access to contact details for your Learning Manager.