As this first half term comes to a close, we find ourselves halfway through Black History Month; a celebration of black history and culture that has, for over 30 years, been an opportunity for communities across the UK to learn more about the lives and achievements of black people in British culture. Whilst we wholeheartedly support the purpose and aims that underpin Black History Month, we also recognise that it is time for us as a School to reflect upon the positive role we can play within the scope of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Since May, a number of Godolphin staff have been working in collaboration with some of Godolphin's Alumnae to develop a strategy that will enable us to recognise and reflect upon our level of privilege, but also examine ways in which black history is recognised throughout our curriculum. Contemporary black culture can be celebrated throughout co-curricular and pastoral programmes and to examine barriers to staff and student recruitment from BAME communities. This goes hand in hand with the increased visibility and engagement of our LGBTQ+ student group, who are developing a programme of education and support that will, by Christmas, be available to all members of the School community.
Godolphin OG Izzi Baker has created a thought-provoking online publication. It is designed to discuss some interesting topics in a way that is interesting to young people. You can read the publication here.
In short, we believe that now is the time to decide how to act, in support of all members of our community, now and in the future. If you would like to contribute to developing our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programmes, or find out more about what we are in the early stages of proposing, you'd be very welcome to email me. In the meantime, from all of us at School, thank you for all you have done to support the Godolphin community this half term, and have a peaceful, safe and rejuvenating holiday.
David Hallen, Head of Sixth