Barton Peveril Students Celebrate Pride 2023

All Photo Credits: Nat Beverley Smith

On Thursday 4th May, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College celebrates Pride with students and staff. 

The event was led and attended by students, with an extensive range of stalls such as a book stall, badge making stall, a photobooth supported by Nat Beverley-Smith and much more. 

Teacher of Graphics and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator, Kenzie Gray speaks on the event:

“Pride, as always at Barton Peveril, was busy, entertaining, welcoming and filled with love. Overhearing conversations from students and staff discussing LGBTQIA+, Pride, gender identity and sexuality is the most important part of this event. Pride is about coming together and celebrating love for all”

“The dressing up competition was fierce! Dee Wilby and the Pride team worked wonders! I cannot express how thankful I am to Dee and the Barton Pride Leaders and their team, who work super hard to make this happen.”

“External agencies such as Catch 22, Yellow Door and Southampton Pride were supportive, amazing and sold excellent products celebrating Pride. Other staff members such as Sarah Talling, Sam and Victoria from Health & Wellbeing, all of Marketing, Reception & Estates were super supportive & helped us in our times of need. Pride is an amazing event, every college should be celebrating Pride and here at Barton we ensure we celebrate our students! Keep being proud of who you are!

Students, Sam Snell, Hayley Orchard and Charlotte Orchard as the event planners also reflect on the event:

We’re so impressed with how hard everyone worked this year. Despite the worry that the event wouldn’t have as big of a turnout as we hoped due to it being postponed, we were very happy to see so many people in the college come together to celebrate their identities and be proud of who they are

Former student of Kings School, Winchester, Jack Hayes says:

I really enjoy being able to contribute to the Barton pride society, and give other people the sense of belonging and connection that I’ve found.

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College raised £184, which will be donated to Stonewall. Stonewall is the largest LGBT rights organisation in the UK.

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