Message from Christ’s Hospital
To All Old Blues
You may have seen the press coverage recently about the Instagram account/website called ‘Everyone’s Invited’, which raises awareness of the issue of sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities and shares testimonies from those affected. These make difficult reading and we are all saddened to learn of the specific experiences which so many young people around the country have endured. Part of the purpose of my writing to Old Blues is to acknowledge this. I have also written to all pupils and current parents and guardians to ensure that everyone in the School community is aware of this important matter.
‘Everyone’s Invited’ has highlighted an important issue which we are committed to addressing. We can all play a part in challenging the assumptions and misinformation that underpin such harmful behaviour.
We take very seriously Christ’s Hospital’s education of its pupils about sexual consent and everyday standards of respectful conduct, so that they understand that harassment of any kind is unacceptable. These vital issues are covered in the CH PSHE programme, which is continually reviewed to ensure that essential topics are addressed thoroughly, frankly and in an age-appropriate manner. With the introduction of our new Learning for Life programme from September 2021, additional opportunities will be created to revisit key issues which influence the safety and welfare of young people.
The recent murder of Sarah Everard has sharpened awareness of the issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence in society, specifically against women and girls, though boys and men can, of course, also be targeted. Pupils of all ages in the School have been keen to discuss their feelings and concerns with their teachers in recent weeks, and we will continue to support them, both academically and pastorally, in the coming months.
In the immediate future, and in the specific context of the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ awareness-raising campaign, the School is aware that Old Blues may have issues that they wish to address relating to their time at CH. Anyone who would like to have a conversation should be in touch. With this in mind, please do contact the School by emailing email@example.com. We are here to support you.