On Wednesday 6th July, six Y12 students, accompanied by Ms Mortlock and Ms Richardson, went up to the Houses of Parliament to be presented with the Speaker’s School Council Award. They won the 17-19yr old category for the best School Council project of the year.

The students used LGBTQ+ History Month to develop and deliver a series of assemblies for students on the use of homophobic language within school.  The Council have also liaised with the local Youth Service to establish a LGBTQ+ youth group in Crowborough. The project’s aim was to make LGBTQ+ students feel more safe and secure in their school.

The group were delighted that local MP Nus Ghani was able to join them for the presentation. She said:

“I am so thrilled that Beacon Academy has become one of only four schools in the whole country to win a Speaker’s School Council Award, but it is no surprise that such a super school should receive national recognition like this.

The work that Beacon’s School Council has done to promote LGBTQ+ welfare and to campaign against homophobic bullying is worthy of any award, and shows an awareness for the safety and welfare of others that all of us should take as a brilliant example.  It is fitting that this award should go to a school with such dedicated teachers which serves its community so effectively, and particularly so in the year it celebrates its 60th birthday.”