At Ormiston Denes Academy, we are committed to ensuring that all LGBTQ+ students, staff and visitors are valued, supported and celebrated for their contribution to our community. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and supportive space for all individuals to share experiences, raise awareness, discuss any worries and celebrate their gender identity or sexual orientation.
To complement our standard safeguarding and inclusive training for all staff, a team of designated practitioners have undergone additional specialist additional training in how to support LGBTQ+ individuals.
As a parent or carer, you may have understandable questions or concerns if you think that your child might be lesbian, gay, bi and/or trans or questioning (LGBTQ+). All young people need support and for LGBTQ+ young people, getting impartial, supportive and clear guidance can be the key to thriving personally, academically and going on to have happy and healthy lives.
Key Definitions taken using Supporting your LGBT Child
The Gender Unicorn is a simple but effective tool to explain the difference between gender, sexuality and gender expression.
For some parents, a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity may not be surprising and it may even be a relief when they ‘come out’.
It’s becoming much more common for parents to be supportive and proud when their child comes out. For others, a child’s identity can come as a genuine shock and one which can raise negative emotions.
You may be unsure how you feel about or how to respond. It’s okay to be honest and tell them that. The important thing to remember is that they are still the same person you have always loved and cared for. You know them best and you know how your relationship works best.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ for every family and every situation, but here are a few tips that may help you and your child if they come out to you:
Norfolk LGBT+ Project is a registered charity, providing support, information and advice to all age groups that is relevant to the health and wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Norfolk and Waveney since 2007.
Further resources from Norfolk LGBT+ project
A local organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. This website could be very useful for young people and carers looking to find local support (e.g. youth groups and events), and learn about topics such as LGBT+ language, rights and history.
A national charity supporting transgender and gender-diverse children (under 20s), as well their families and professionals involved in their care. The website details Mermaids’ various support services, such as their helpline and safe online forum for trans youth, as well as lots of key information for trans children and their carers.
GI is a national charity working to increase understandings of gender diversity. They specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25, offering support and resources.
An organisation supporting young LGBTQ+ people of colour to explore and celebrate who they are, particularly through their amazing annual Colours Youth Festival in Manchester.
An American organisation providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25. Though the support facilities such as the helpline are available only in the US, this website provides a lot of broadly applicable information and resources e.g. a ‘coming out’ helpbook, specific support for BAME queer youth, information on religion and being LGBTQ+, and an Instagram safety booklet.
A crisis text service – available 24/7 and free on all major mobile networks. Not specifically for LGBTQ+ youth but can be used by anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.
A Sussex based charity supporting LGBTQ+ youth and their parents. Their website highlights useful information, resources and virtual support; the FAQ page is particularly good for addressing concerns that LGBTQ+ young people or their parents may have.
A community-focused online resource for non-binary fitness, nutrition, bodily health, mental health, sexuality, and identity. Mostly based on Instagram, health and wellness professionals answer anonymous questions directly from the non-binary and trans community, based on their experience as nurse practitioners, therapists, nutritionists etc.
A Manchester based charity supporting LGBT+ people to increase their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. Not specifically for young people (see Proud Trust instead) but a good, local resource for LGBT+ parents or those looking for extra information or signposting.
A national charity supporting LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.
Year 7 students at Ormiston Denes Academy have found an exciting way of practising their language skills – by writing to royal families across Europe. The students made Christmas cards to send to the royal families last year as part of their language lessons and when we returned to in-school teaching, they were delighted to […]
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Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
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We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]