From Beth, Sixth Form

‘International Women’s Day is a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The theme for this year was #BreakTheBias. In other words, its aim was to promote individual responsibility for challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, improving situations, and celebrating women’s achievements. As such we wanted to celebrate this important event here.  

We ended up marking the day a week later than we’d hoped because of the Upper Sixth mocks, however Sophia and I hope that everyone made the most of the opportunity. 

In each House, a team of two or three prefects spoke briefly about the importance of this day in morning assembly. Then at lunch, the student body engaged in questions put forward by Prefects. We also had a pledge board where anyone could sign their name as an act of support or to share a positive role model which got lots of interaction. The intention of this was to encourage and promote discussion across the year groups about topics centred around International Women’s Day and gender equality from a more general perspective. 

In the future we are hoping to have a potential external speaker in to talk more in depth about this subject and around it. We are also in the process of setting up a co-curricular group led by pupils and supported by members of staff. This will be a proactive group taking responsibility to facilitate live discussions throughout the year and keep the focus on equality and diversity.’