A headmaster told his students he was gay and introduced them to her husband in a moving assembly. Colin Scott, who runs Risedale School in Hipswell, North Yorkshire, made the move on Monday.
He is believed to be the first British public school principal to come out as gay to his pupils. Mr Scott, 54, has since thanked his husband, staff and school governors, reports YorkshireLive, who said the Mail Online reported the assembly was held to mark Pride Month.
Mr Scott announced he was gay when introducing his 512 students to her husband, Drew Dalton. The couple were joined by North Yorkshire Police LGBTQ+ representative Hanna Johnson and Catterick Garrison’s openly gay commanding officer Lt. Col. Jim Turner.
Mr Dalton works at the University of Sunderland as a lecturer in sociology. Last year, private school principal Nick Hewlett marked a similar occasion by also addressing his students in an online assembly.
Like Mr Scott, Mr Hewlett told his students at St Dunstan’s College in London that he was ‘happily married and gay’.
For Mr Scott, the moment he was able to talk to his students about his sexuality marked a turning point in his life – as he had already struggled with his sexuality. The chief revealed he had faced ‘fear and restlessness’ throughout his life and said his sexuality even forced him to give up a career in the Navy.
Mr Scott’s husband revealed on Twitter that, far from being the victim of new prejudice, Mr Scott has been applauded by his students. He said: “So today my husband @colindscott became the first secondary school principal in the UK to come out to his pupils #Pride2022 #edchat #education
“They applauded him + he’s since had amazing emails from parents. I’m so proud of him.”
In a public response to the tweet, Mr Scott revealed he “couldn’t have done it” without the support of his husband, staff and school governors. Many parents have since reached out to Mr. Scott to offer their support.
And the chairman of the school governors, John Glahome, said he was “so happy” that his school community was so accepting of Mr Scott.