Public school appoints first openly gay head boy

A 17-year old is to become the first openly gay head boy of a top British public school. This is from the Sunday Times

Will Emery, the son of a banker, was “overwhelmingly” voted in by more than 1,000 pupils and staff at Brighton College, where boarding fees start from £27,000 a year.

This weekend Emery used his new position, which begins next term, to criticise state schools and academies that have been accused of implementing policies that forbid teachers to “promote” or discuss homosexuality.

Richard Cairns, the headmaster of Brighton College, said those aged between 13 and 18 regarded sexuality as a “so-what” issue, although he conceded it was “very unusual” for a private school to appoint a gay head boy. “When I announced that Will would be the next head of school, there was a huge round of applause,” he said.

“He was a very popular choice — the rugby players voted for him along with many others — but I bet if I wrote to the old boys and said our head boy was openly gay, some of them would think it was very strange indeed.”

Emery, who came out to his friends and family when he was 14, said: “I don’t think my sexuality had any impact on my being chosen, but in other periods, when people had to hide their sexuality, it could have been a different story.”

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  1. leanne_buckley

    Seriously? My state school appointed openly gay head boy 13 YEARS AGO. Looks like public schools have a lot to learn about open and honest cultures.

  2. LearnWLesley

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove agree his sexuality has nothing to do with why he has become head of school. Pr stunt 4 school??

  3. Susan_Wilde

    LearnWLesley SchoolsImprove andylutwyche not a very successful one. Illiberal parents will be put off and liberal ones outraged

  4. FionaTipper

    Susan_Wilde LearnWLesley SchoolsImprove andylutwyche Why would any of the parents be bothered? Presumably not Head Boy BECAUSE he is gay

  5. andylutwyche

    Susan_Wilde LearnWLesley SchoolsImprove It may just be a way of getting school in the press – their exam results will impress anyone

  6. LearnWLesley

    andylutwyche Susan_Wilde SchoolsImprove or those who can pay fees 🙂 BC may b trying 2 break free from traditional image of Pub school

  7. wraitken

    SchoolsImprove not news per se but good to know for any child out there who is struggling and is scared sexuality will hold them back

  8. JulieTh23756112

    FionaTipper SchoolsImprove Susan_Wilde LearnWLesley andylutwyche who cares what his sexual orientation is??

  9. andylutwyche

    “JulieTh23756112: FionaTipper SchoolsImprove Susan_Wilde LearnWLesley andylutwyche who cares what his sexual orientation is??” Quite

  10. DaveHarrisITE

    SchoolsImprove Brighton College: what a surprise! Head never seems to miss a marketing trick. Pity the pupil fodder for his ego though.

  11. Wisdom_Learning

    SchoolsImprove being a good example of a human being, voted for by others who like him, and respect for his individual choice. Well done!

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