The awake director abandons traditional nicknames for chiefs and daughters and replaces them with gender-neutral “chief ambassadors” roles to provide a “welcome atmosphere for all”
- The terms “head boy” and “head girl” were abandoned in the Church of England
- Principal at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy says terms ‘old’
- She says ‘Chief Ambassadors’ titles will provide a ‘welcoming atmosphere for all’
- It is part of the school’s “desire to continue to be known as an inclusive society.”
A principal renounced the titles of “head of school” and “head girl” at her Church of England school after claiming the terms were “obsolete”.
Rachel Lucas, 47, said pupils elected for roles at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy in Greater Manchester will now be known as gender-neutral ‘key ambassadors’.
She said the new titles will provide a “welcoming atmosphere for everyone” and the move was part of “The school’s desire to continue to be known as an inclusive society.”
The three selected students are Ted Hudson Fitton, Jemima Alasadora and Sophia Hughes. The school maintained the Boys’ and Girls’ Head titles in its middle school.
Sophia Hughes, Ted Hudson Fitton and Jemima Alasadora are the new ambassadors at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy in Greater Manchester
Ms Lucas said: “At Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, we recognize and celebrate diversity and inclusion.
We are thrilled to be able to demonstrate our commitment to this by reflecting on how we address our Leading Student Ambassadors – moving away from the outdated idea of a master girl and boy.
“Small gestures can have big impacts, and with so many other initiatives around the school, we are signaling our intention to be an institution that welcomes everyone.”
A post on the school’s website added: “We have taken the place of the traditional nicknames Chiefs and Girl, we will now use the term Chiefs Ambassadors. The three students chosen to take on this exciting role are Sophia, Ted and Jemima.
Principal Rachel Lucas said the three students would be known as the “key ambassadors.”
They’ve really gotten off to a strong start, with their first public address at the Open Evening, the parents’ tour around the Academy, and hosting activities and help at the Summer School.
They also helped the staff on our seventh year transition day at the beginning of the semester. We look forward to seeing all that they have achieved this school year.
More than 20 students have applied for “ambassador jobs” at the 1,260-student school that teaches children ages 3 to 16.
Complete an application form and give a speech, specifying their reasons for wanting to take on the roles. Three students were selected – Ted, Sophia and Jemima.
Bolton St Catherine’s Academy was established in 2009, after the merger of two other schools
Other students who applied were chosen to be “Year Eleventh Ambassadors” and are said to have been “identified” at the Academy with a special silver tie.
So far, they’ve helped with open nights, Year Seven transition meetings, and tours for visitors around the academy, and Christmas cards will be delivered to the local area in December.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a key ambassador because I am able to represent my school in a positive way, and show our community how great we are,” Ted said.
“Our society is a place from which to thrive, not a place to impose restrictions,” Sophia added.
The school website made this announcement and also showed a picture of the three students
Jemima said: “Being someone from a multi-heritage background within an English language school has helped me understand the importance of celebrating culture and diversity in school life, and as an ambassador for the head of the school, it is essential for me as a school to celebrate those differences that make us all special.”
The school, which was formed in 2009, after the merger of two other schools currently has a “LGBTQ+” group of students.
History teacher, Mrs Lucas, arrived at St Catherine in 2017 after being Vice-Chancellor of Sir John Thursby Community College in neighboring Burnley.
Earlier this year, it said it would report to public health officials about pupils violating lockdown decrees after several school girls came to class wearing false eyelashes after professional makeup artists applied them, apparently in violation of Covid rules.