During October, we have been celebrating Black History Month and the subjects are focussing on black culture within their lessons. Members of staff have produced assembly videos, with special guests talking about their life experiences and challenges.

Students have been learning about the importance of black historical characters in all subjects. For instance, students from Years 7 and 9 learned of the black former slave, John Edmonstone, who assisted in the advancement of science by teaching Charles Darwin how to preserve animals during his time teaching the young Darwin at the University of Edinburgh. This was pivotal in enabling Darwin to bring specimens to the UK for further study in his research into evolution.

Further examples of the extensive curricular and extra-curricular support for Black History Month include drama students in Years 10 and 12 have been studying the National Theatre live production of ‘Small Island’, about Jamaica, England and Windrush. Students in one Year 7 form learned about pioneering black women during form time and the Library has been promoting the wide range of Black History Month related fiction and non-fiction titles that it stocks.