Embracing diversity

The Queen’s School was delighted to welcome Ola Satchell to school to talk to Year 12 in PSHE about her role as a transgender Stonewall School Role Model.

Ola spoke openly and honestly to our students about her life growing up; her decision to undergo gender transition and live as a woman; and the quite shocking levels of prejudice and discrimination she faces in her day to day life to this day. 

Year 12 had many interesting and respectful questions for Ola that were answered with a level of emotion, honesty and humour that the students valued and engaged with. Many of the questions centered around what young people today can do the help address continued discrimination and intolerance in society highlighting the strong values of respect, integrity and kindness that is a feature of our school community and students.

Founded in the UK in 1989, Stonewall aims to challenge homophobic and transphobic bullying, celebrating difference and improving inclusion for all. Its School Role Model programme is an important part of this providing young people with visible LGBT role models. Ola is the third Stonewall School Role Model to visit Queen's in recent years and we thank her for giving up her time top visit.