“We’re proud to be on our journey of Diversity and Inclusion at NHSG. Every one of us is listening, learning and making a difference for our community.”
Newcastle High School for Girls prides itself on its diverse community and is committed to ensuring that each and every pupil is treated equally and with respect regardless of the many differences between them. Staff training, PSHE lessons, co-curricular clubs and assemblies are just some of the ways we continue to educate ourselves and our pupils about embracing difference and respecting all cultures and lifestyles. Celebrating Black History Month and LGBTQ+ History Month, teaching about different religions and faiths, all of these practices go some way towards keeping diversity and inclusion on the agenda. Our school policies state our commitment to deal with prejudice and discrimination firmly. We want our school to be a safe and happy place for everybody.
Working towards the the GDST Undivided Charter for Action also means that the whole family of GDST schools has the same ethos and goals – to ensure that the wellbeing of every young person comes first, and where every girl – no matter her background – can learn without limits. Our Senior Leadership Team liaise closely with the Undivided Steering Group which meets regularly to ensure that all GDST schools are supported on an ongoing basis.
Whilst we are an all-girls’ school, of course not all girls are the same. The NHSG community is made up of people from all backgrounds, of all ethnicities and religions, of different genders and sexualities and from all cultures. Every single member of the community deserves equal respect. We’re all here for the same reason – to provide an outstanding education without limits and open doors to bright and successful futures in which our pupils can achieve anything they aspire to.
Feeling happy, comfortable, accepted and respected at school is a huge part of doing well and succeeding both academically and emotionally while still retaining that uniqueness that makes you, you! We want our pupils to be part of the wonderful NHSG community but also to be themselves, that’s why diversity and inclusion are so important to us.
It’s important to us that our school community is welcoming to all, pupils and staff alike, including those from the LGBTQ+ community. We understand that school years are often definitive in self discovery and awareness, and that this can be confusing and difficult for some. Our pastoral team here at NGHS are the most friendly and welcoming people and will always listen without prejudice. We continually educate our pupils and ourselves about the significant contributions made in society through history by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month in February and Pride in the summer brings our community together. Above all, we encourage our community to be proud of who they are, comfortable in their own skin and accepting of others.