LGBTQ+ and Allies Club

Penicuik High School is proud to host a popular, safe and successful LGBTQ+ and Allies Club. Pupils meet on a weekly basis and anyone is welcome to join. Here they discuss LGBTQ+ topics, offer advice to others who are struggling with their sexuality or identity, and organise school events that raise awareness and promote equality. The club provides a safe and fun environment to explore LGBTQ+ issues.

The club meet every Wednesday lunchtime at 1.20pm in room 28, and you are welcome to bring your lunch and join us from 1.05pm. We also have a Google Classroom set up for members to join and communicate through. The code is: 34jjz7c

Our club aim is to spread positive vibes while talking about serious subjects/issues about the LGBTQ+ community. Here you will learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. We don’t let anyone feel left out and accept everyone. We always have fun and there’s an opportunity to discuss sexuality and gender.


The LGBTQ+ and Allies club are delighted to share that we have achieved our Silver Charter for Education status from LGBT Youth Scotland. This has come after more than a year and a half of work involving club members, the Equalities Student Captain, pupil and staff champions.

The LGBT Charter helps safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s human rights, particularly in receipt of services, as customers and at school. These rights draw on international human rights and relevant UK and Scottish legislation and have been developed in consultation with LGBT people about what’s most important to them.

  1. LGBT people have the right to be themselves and to live free from prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
  2. LGBT people have the right to be kept from harm and be protected from hate crime, bullying and other forms of violence.
  3. LGBT people have the right to be heard, treated fairly and their views and experiences taken into account.
  4. LGBT people have the right to be healthy, with equal access to healthcare, and the impact of prejudice and discrimination on health properly addressed.
  5. LGBT people have the right to form relationships, free from abuse and with equality of recognition.
  6. LGBT people have the right to privacy and information about sexual orientation and gender identity not disclosed to others, without consent to do so.
  7. LGBT people have the right to education that recognises diversity and implements programmes that seek to eliminate prejudice on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
  8. LGBT people have the right to be cared for free from prejudice and discrimination and in every setting.

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If you are a young person (or the parent/carer of a young person) struggling with LGBTQ+ related issues, there are a number of resources available to help both in and out of school.

You can speak to one of our LGBT champion staff members, or your Guidance teacher. LGBT staff champions are: Miss Graham, Ms McLennan, Mr Smith and Mrs Holwill Ellis.

Your Guidance teacher can also arrange a session with one of our in school Youth Workers.

All staff who participated in LGBT staff training wear progress flag lanyards. You can speak to any one of them for support, including all of the Senior Management Team.

LGBT Youth Scotland offer online support, live chat and youth groups to support young people. Information about groups and support can be found here:

MYPAS hold a weekly LGBT meeting, as well as offering one to one support and an online group. Details can be found at: