Leeds West Academy

Stonewall Champions

Leeds West Academy Awarded Prestigious Stonewall Status in Equality

Young LGBT campaigners of Leeds West Academy have been awarded joint first place status as a Stonewall School Champion. The awards ceremony took place in London and Sir Ian McKellen presented the award to The Leeds West Academy LGBT Campaign Group.

The awards for Stonewall School Champions give greater recognition to schools tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrates diversity. The awards also enable schools to effectively benchmark their progress and give direction to their ongoing work in this area.

Ms Hutchinson, who has supported the campaign throughout, said: "We have had the most amazing time. We arrived in London at 10.30am and explored Camden and London Bridge before arriving at the awards ceremony at Lloyd's Headquarters."

Students were invited on stage to receive the award by a very special guest and Ms Hutchinson provided a short speech, outlining the outstanding achievements of our Sixth Form students. Ms Hutchinson explains: "Our students were very sociable, friendly and invited the joint-winning school to sit beside us and they exchanged stories. Following the interval, we met special guest Sir Ian McKellen, who gave an inspirational speech and outlined the achievements of our school."

Sir Ian McKellen commented: "It takes schools like yours to lead the way forward."

The Stonewall School Champion status makes Leeds West Academy a leading school in Great Britain for LGBT equality.

Mr Wheeler said: "I am very proud of the achievements of The Leeds West Academy LGBT Campaign Group. With the support of Ms Hutchinson, our school is a leading force in equality and diversity. This is a monumental achievement and demonstrates exactly what we mean by following the Leeds West Way. Congratulations to the group and many thanks to Stonewall UK for honouring us with this prestigious award."

For more details about Stonewall UK and The Stonewall School Champion Award, click here.