Posted: 18 October 2019

Headteacher’s Letter 18th October 2019

We turned Prospect red today!

We already had this planned as part of our activities for Black History Month, but after the appalling displays at the England v Bulgaria match earlier in the week, it is even more timely. Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s largest anti-racism charity, started by the legendary Reading goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop, after his own experiences as a footballer whilst playing for Newcastle. In order to show our solidarity with this great charity and organisation, all students were encouraged to wear red on Friday as a statement of our unity as a school and our rejection of any form of racist or bigoted behaviour.

I am extremely proud of the diversity and inclusion at Prospect and I think it is one of the things that makes us such a unique, special and brilliant school. We are a wonderfully warm and welcoming community that includes students and staff from over 30 different countries, of many different
races and ethnicities, and the tolerance, inclusion and respect that students show towards one another, no matter what their backgrounds, is a great strength of our school. Mr John-Rose has led some excellent assemblies on this theme each morning this week which, I have to say, have been some of the most inspirational, passionate and thought-provoking assemblies; I will remember him singing ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ for a long time! As Ofsted noted, the vast majority of our students are respectful of the diversity in our school, and we maintain a zero-tolerance policy of any sort of racist, homophobic, prejudiced or discriminatory behaviour towards any members of our community.

Our students also show great resilience and fortitude. This is one of the longest half terms of the year, and the weather has been particularly unpleasant. However, torrential rain did not put off our intrepid Duke of Edinburgh Award students, who set off on their expedition last weekend for a very wet and cold hike and overnight camp. Throughout the expedition, they maintained high spirits and determination, before the assessor finally called an early end to their otherwise extremely successful trip. Well done to all of them, and huge thanks to the teachers and staff who supported them over the weekend – I hope you have all dried out and warmed up by now!

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