Skip to content ↓

Manchester High School for Girls

Black Lives Matter

We understand that many members of our community, including staff, students and alumnae are shocked and disturbed by the killing of George Floyd and subsequent events in the United States. These events show how deep and appalling the problem of racial inequality continues to be. We are clear that racism and discrimination have no place in society and certainly no place in our school.

We are very proud of the diversity amongst our community and consider it to be a real strength. MHSG has a long-established tradition of educating about injustice and supporting the marginalised in society. Through Well Being lessons, and our academic curriculum we aim to educate our pupils about racism, respect, equality and the civil rights movement. We also monitor examination results to ensure that pupils from all ethnic groups have the opportunity to achieve their full potential at MHSG.

However, there is no room for complacency and we are aware that there is more that we can do. To educate ourselves, there are plenty of books and essays to read, podcasts to listen to and programmes to watch. As a starting point, Penguin recently shared a list of nine books that they said "will help you understand race and dismantle racism".

As a school, we can play our part in addressing the under-representation of BAME people in the teaching profession. (There are some interesting statistics here about this.) Having positive role models is very important for young people and we recognise that the ethnic diversity of our student body is not reflected amongst our staff. We will continue to address this by promoting teaching as a career choice to all our pupils, as well as doing all we can to eliminate bias in our recruitment processes. 

Most importantly, we can empower our students and give them a voice. We have an active Amnesty International group which meets to discuss and campaign on human rights issues. This group will be holding an online meeting to discuss racial injustice in the week commencing 22nd June. We are proud of our students who have spoken in assemblies about racism and we will continue to provide opportunities and encouragement for students to speak out on these issues.

We know that racism and discrimination won't be eradicated overnight, but at MHSG we are committed to playing our part. Through education and empowerment, we hope that our students will be able to help make the changes in society that will bring an end to structural racism and inequality in the future.