"Acceptance without exception"
The Fortuna and Athena federated schools are proud to be Stonewall Schools. Stonewall is a charity that supports people on LGBT - Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and transgender to accept without exception. It means a member of staff has completed specific training on ways in supporting pupils and staff, they are then known as our Stonewall Champion; Jo Issott has completed this training and supports both schools in these areas.
For us here, at the Fortuna and Athena federation, it means we support all our pupils to be themselves, to be an individual and to be happy and proud of the wonderful person they truly are regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability.
For us at Athena, we have a group who meet weekly included some of our dedicated staff, in these meetings everyone is welcome. We share a meal and talk about all manner of things, but we ensure there is some structure during the meeting, to look at educating each other and informing the school on kindness, acceptance and to look at challenging change, including such things as the language we use and how we can make this more positive and inclusive.
We hold a rainbow celebration day annually, and this is themed dependent on what we wish to challenge (with kindness) and change within the school community.
Come along to the LGBT+ group and see what it’s all about. The plus stands for everyone is welcome to come and meet friends.