At OCA, we pride ourselves on creating an inclusive environment where all students feel safe and comfortable so that they can thrive during their time with us. By having LGBTQ+ as part of our personal development curriculum, it has enabled us to create a safe place where students can ask questions and participate in class discussions where mutual respect is shown throughout. This also extends outside of the classroom during year group assemblies and morning enrichment.

In addition, the LGBTQ+ enrichment club acts as a safe place for students to meet and discuss current affairs by using their own voice to express their opinions, feelings and ideas that are then implemented across the school. Teachers show their dedication to inclusivity by consistently educating themselves on the topic and wearing the visible rainbow lanyards as a physical show of support. This inclusive environment is something that we are incredibly proud of at OCA as we want to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

Help and support

  • Advice and support for LGBTQ people from UK government
  • Advice and support for LGBTQ people from Barnardo’s
  • Switchboard: LGBT+ helpline. Call 0300 330 0630 between 10am and 11pm every day and for online chat and email service at
  • Samaritans: helpline. Call 08456 90 90 90 at any time of the day or night for emotional support and befriending in complete confidence
  • Papyrus: suicide prevention helpline for young people. Call 0800 068 41 41, text 07786 209697 or email [email protected] from Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, or at weekends from 2pm to 10pm, or on bank holidays from 2pm to 5pm.
  • Childline: helpline for children and young people. Call 0800 11 11 at any time of the day or night to speak to a counsellor