Celebrating the first UK Feminista: Action Award winners

Posted on 02.07.24

UK Feminista was delighted to host the inaugural UK Feminista: Action Award ceremony on Thursday 20 June 2024 at the Science Gallery in London, with the activist and award-winning children’s author, Onjali Raúf, presenting awards to the winning schools and colleges. During her speech, Raúf underlined the importance of schools and colleges undertaking work to combat sexism, to make education settings safer and more inclusive for current and future students.

Eight schools and colleges received awards for their outstanding work tackling sexism and sexual harassment. The following schools and colleges received awards, listed by category: 

Further Education College

Birmingham Metropolitan College – Bronze Award 

State Primary School

Millbrook Primary and Nursery School – Bronze Award

State Secondary school

Ashlyns School – Bronze Award 

The JCB Academy – Silver Award 

Lode Heath School – Gold Award 

Private school

King’s School Macclesfield – Bronze Award 

George Heriot’s School – Silver Award

Leighton Park School – Gold Award

The winners were selected by a panel of three education experts: John Haxell, Deputy Head at Valentines High School; Jenny Chiverton, Executive Headteacher, St Paul’s and North Borough Schools Federation; and Vivienne Porritt OBE FRSA FCCT from WomenEd. The judges were impressed by the commitment shown to combating sexism and the range of activities carried out by award winners. Vivienne Porritt commended the winners of the UK Feminista: Action Award for being at the forefront of a movement to tackle sexism and sexual harassment in the education system.

It was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of the winning schools and colleges and recognise their successes in addressing discrimination and promoting equality. 

If your school is starting its journey in adopting a whole school or whole college approach to combating sexism, take the UK Feminista: Action Pledge as an initial step, to show your commitment to tackling sexism and sexual harassment. Once you have made the UK Feminista: Action Pledge, you can apply for the UK Feminista: Action Award, where you will need to evidence the work that you have undertaken and the impact it has had. There are three categories of award – bronze, silver and gold. All schools that meet the criteria will be invited to collect their award at the UK Feminista: Action Award ceremony next summer. 

Find out more about UK Feminista’s Award Scheme.