We have been deeply saddened to read testimonials from students across the country who have experienced gendered violence, coercion, and fear. Our priority as a school is always the welfare of our students, and we are committed to supporting all our community to confront any examples of harassment or violence.
We strive to be open with our student community, to challenge any cultural or societal issues that affect them and others. We are proud of the courage and solidarity our girls show every day in supporting each other and in striving for a better society for all in the future.
For some time Shrewsbury High School GDST has been working with organisations such as the RAP Project to shine a light on the darker areas of online pornography, teens’ party culture, of misogynistic attitudes towards women and towards those who identify as LGBTQ+. We are committed to following up on any examples of pernicious and sexualised behaviour, calling out and challenging unkindness and abuse should it occur or be brought to us as a school.
It is our sincere hope that, whilst it must have been incredibly hard for students on ‘Everyone’s invited’ to share these testimonies, in the longer term their courage will mean that these issues are addressed in all schools in the UK. We look forward to working with our children and young people, so that they are protected from and aware of the behaviours which these upsetting testimonies recount.
If you would like to speak to a member of staff at Shrewsbury High School relating to ‘Everyone’s invited’ or the ‘Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges’ Report from Ofsted published in June 2021, then please contact Mrs E. Owen Davies firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs K. Millichamp email@example.com directly.