Worry, sorrow and anger have poured out in recent days as the local community, and ultimately the nation, processed the tragedy that befell Sarah Everard and her family. News reporting sparked a renewed focus on the rights of women and girls to move freely on their cities’ streets as equal citizens and a need to offer context and description of what girls and women commonly experience in 2021.
The London Evening Standard’s Education Editor turned to Streatham & Clapham High School as girls’ education experts and asked for our help in illustrating the status quo and what training, support and leadership we provide to demand a safe co-existence, free form harassment, for girls and women. Starting on Monday 15 March, The Standard ran several articles interviewing our Deputy Head Mistress, Mrs Cross, which you can read here as well as recorded a podcast with her; you can listen to it here. The newspaper also requested comment about the role schools play in changing culture with our Head Master, Dr Sachania which you can read here.
SCHS encourages all its girls always to speak up and report anything that isn’t right, whilst offering practical and non-alarmist education and support, as part of its PHSCE curriculum and pastoral care.