LGBT Charter Mark for Montrose Academy

Teachers Nicola Milne and Ian Hardie and pupils accept the award from Graeme Ross (fourth from right).
Teachers Nicola Milne and Ian Hardie and pupils accept the award from Graeme Ross (fourth from right).

Montrose Academy has become the first school in Angus to receive a LGBT Charter Mark from LGBT Youth Scotland.

Teachers and pupils of received the Bronze award today (March 31), which is also Transgender Day of Visibility. The school also had a rainbow flag raising ceremony to celebrate.

At the presentation boards detailed the work carried out by the LGBT group.

At the presentation boards detailed the work carried out by the LGBT group.

The award recognises the hard work and achievement of staff and pupils, in making sure the school is inclusive and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Presenting the award, Graeme Ross, Education Capacity Building Officer at LGBT Youth Scotland said: “I’ve consistently been impressed with how dedicated and focused the LGBT Charter Mark team have been in Montrose Academy. From the start, young people have been a driving force in persuading senior school leaders of the importance of this work.

“The class teachers who have led this work also deserve special mention. Both Ian and Nikki have gone way beyond what is expected and both are clearly passionate, caring and committed teachers. Their work, coupled with the work of the young people, has had significant impact on the ethos of the school and on the young people in their care.’

Nicola Milne, RMPS teacher at the school, and Co-Chair Pupil and Parent voice school improvement group at Montrose Academy, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to achieve the Bronze Charter Mark. It has been an amazing experience which has personally affected both of us in many ways.’

Rainbow flags were flown to mark the award and Transgender day of Visibility

Rainbow flags were flown to mark the award and Transgender day of Visibility

“We are so very proud of the hard work that all of our young people completed to achieve the Charter Mark and are excited for continuing our journey to achieve the silver level in the future.’

“We are overjoyed at how much our school has progressed and how much more inclusive it both feels and now is.

“It was important to us to celebrate this great achievement on Transgender Day of Visibility, with a rainbow flag raising ceremony at our school, so we can begin to involve the whole community in our journey.”