Watson's Receives LGBT Youth Scotland Gold Charter Award

Watson's Receives LGBT Youth Scotland Gold Charter Award

Published on 3 April 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the LGBT Youth Scotland Gold Charter Award.

In order to achieve the award we have made a number of changes over the last few years, impacting visibility and progressive thinking on this important topic. These include:

School lit up in rainbow colours for National Coming Out Week

  • The launch of the the first Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) in August 2015.  This started with two teachers and a small group of senior pupils. The group has acted as a safe, supportive space for our pupils, and has been an excellent catalyst for the many advances and changes.
  • Extensive staff and pupil training
  • Updates to Personal & Social Development lessons
  • Challenging heteronormative culture by updating our library
  • The introduction of a gender-neutral toilet
  • The switch to ‘School Captains’ from ‘Head Boy and Head Girl’
  • Uniform update to include trousers for girls
  • Lighting the Senior School in rainbow colours to mark ‘National Coming Out Day’

Our pupil Adi feels that this charter mark is recognition of effort: “When I was first coming out, the school was a very different place than it is now. A lot of the changes that have happened since then – the slight changes to uniform policy, the gender-neutral toilet, even changing the ‘Head Boy and Head Girl’ to ‘School Captains’ – have all helped to make the school more inclusive and comfortable for trans people especially, and more inclusive PSD lessons and teacher training have made the school better for LGBT people. The charter mark is a recognition of this effort that teachers and staff have put into making a safer environment.”  

We are extremely proud to receive the award and we continue to be committed to our school being a place where all of our voices are valued and respected.

It is especially poignant for us to receive the award in the midst of a historic movement in education. New Legislation means that Scottish Education is required to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum by 2021.

We are extremely proud to receive the award and we continue to be committed to our school being a place where all of our voices are valued and respected. We are excited to continue on our journey as a world-leading school in this area of Health and Wellbeing.