Leading group of girls’ schools says it ‘will not accept transgender pupils

Jan 2, 2022 by

by Harry Howard, Mailonline:

A group of the UK’s leading girls’ schools will not accept transgender pupils because they are worried it will ‘jeopardise’ their status as single-sex institutions.

The Girls’ Day School Trust, which represents 23 private schools and two academies, updated its gender identity policy guidance document last month and shared it with its members.

In a new section on admissions, the GDST said its schools do not accept applications from pupils  who are legally biologically male, even if they identify as women.

They said that having a policy on ‘gender identity’ rather than the sex recorded on a pupil’s birth certificate would ‘jeopardise the status of GDST schools as single-sex schools’ under the 2010 Equality Act.

However, a female pupil who begins to transition while already at one of the GDST’s schools should be supported to remain there for as long as they want to, the document adds.

The GDST, which counts institutions including Greater London’s 137-year-old Sutton High School among its members, said the guidance was drawn up ‘in collaboration with experts, teachers and students’.

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