Stonewall Charity - Tackling homophobia

5th December 2014

Manor Croft Academy is proud to be supporting the Stonewall Charity which helps to prevent homophobic bullying and derogatory language within schools. Key Stage Manager, Kyle Audsley, who is leading on the initiative said: “We, at Manor Croft believe our Academy should be a secure and happy environment where all young people can focus on their education. However, we recognise that homophobic bullying is endemic nationally and affects young gay people's attendance and attainment. Whilst we address this in our school we want to raise the profile by promoting the national campaigns to 'Tackle Homophobic Bullying' alongside supporting the well-established 'Kick out racism’.

Manor Croft Academy is using its successful sports teams  to spear head these campaigns and on Tuesday 25th November  their Year 10 rugby team were sporting new ‘Rainbow Laces’ in their boots in their Yorkshire Champion Schools fixture against St Mary’s High School from Hull. Manor Croft went on to win the hard fought rugby fixture 20-14 and in promoting this campaign Manor Croft Academy joined  the long list of sports clubs who’ laced up’ to show their support for gay players including 50 professional clubs such as Arsenal and Leeds United.  Principal, Hayley Clacy said “I am immensely proud that our rugby team have taken the initiative to lead on this important campaign. As role models to other students it will ensure that we can continue to develop our students in their understanding of others and ensuring we have a respectful and tolerant community”.