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Care & Support

LGBTQ+ Support

Holderness Academy and Sixth Form College is an inclusive community where everybody is welcome. Teaching all students, regardless of their gender/sexuality, about LGBTQ+ inclusion is a key part of teaching our ARRK values, as it is important that we teach our students to respect and show kindness to others in both our school community and the society in which we live.

As part of our work to further strengthen LGBTQ+ inclusion in the academy, we are currently working towards the Rainbow Flag Award. This is assessed against six standards of: 

  • Skilled Teacher
  • Inclusive Curriculum
  • Pastoral Support
  • Supportive Governors and Parents/Carers
  • Effective Policies
  • Student Voice

We also feel that it is important to support parents/carers with discussing LGBTQ+ inclusion at home. Resources are below to help with this, though please feel free to contact the school if you have any feedback or if you’d like support that is more bespoke.

LGBTQ+ Support Resources - 

Parenting and Family Support - Family Lives (Parentline Plus)

We build better family lives together 

Family Lives provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families. If you need to talk, we're here to listen 

EACH - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia  

EACH is a national, charitable organisation, set up to challenge homophobia, specifically homophobic bullying, through education. 

Families Together London  

Families Together London is a support group and website for friends and family of lesbian, gay and transgender people 

FFLAG - Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays UK

Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays UK is a national and voluntary organisation and registered charity which offers support to local parent groups and contacts in their efforts to help parents and families understand and accept and support their lesbian, gay and bisexual members. 

Free2b Alliance  

Free2b Alliance support LGBTQ+ young people and parents and empower them to work with us in delivering awareness training. We challenge homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, fostering an inclusive environment within education establishments and organisations across the sectors. 

Gender Identity Development Service  

Gender Identity Development Service is a highly specialised NHS clinic for young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity.  


PACE gives free counselling, support and advice over the phone and face to face, to all family members, whatever their age and sexuality. 


Lesbian, gay and bisexual support and information.  

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline  

Switchboard LGBT+ are a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. 

LGB&T Youth - Yorkshire MESMAC 

LGB&T Youth provide support for LGB&T for young people