Leading the way in the fight against inequality
37% of London’s children live below the poverty line. That shocking fact is something that our community knows all too well. We are all familiar with the terrible and profoundly dehumanising impact that inequality can have. This is why Woodside decided to hold an Inequality Hearing this term – to try to do more to tackle it.
We were delighted to have representatives from a huge range of charities, unions, faith groups, educational organisations, local schools and local government attending. We also had representatives from the police, NHS, Youth Justice Service and Social Services present as well as our amazing parents, carers, staff and students.
Deputy Head Prefect, Latifa, gave a powerful speech to a packed hall who were clearly moved. In fact, we were thrilled but not at all surprised that the most amount of feedback we received on the night and afterwards was about our fantastic students. Lekai, Latifa, Treselle, Lyncharnti, Salima and Tierney were outstanding ambassadors throughout and contributed to the table discussions with great insight and wisdom. Tierney’s performance of her poem was, to quote one of the guests, “absolutely electric”. The impact of our students’ voices on the night will continue to resonate and inform the work of everyone present for a very long time.
“What an inspiring evening it was and I feel so grateful to have been involved in some of the conversation that took part on my table.” Shareen Pavaday, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
“Thank you for inviting me to the inequality hearing at Woodside High yesterday. I found it very inspiring and impactful.” Awale Elmi, Director, RISE Projects
“Thanks again for inviting me to yesterday's hearing - what an event it was! We had a really constructive discussion at my table and I was so incredibly impressed with the organisation and the role of your young people!” Dr Artemi Sakellariadis, Director, Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE)
“Thank you to the students and the staff at Woodside for all your hard work to make yesterday's Inequality Hearing such a great success.
It was a great achievement and testament to Woodside's role in the community to bring such a diverse and passionate group of people together. The presentations were both moving and challenging, and precisely caught the mood of the evening. The spoken word performance was absolutely electric.” John McLaverty, Youth and Community Organiser, UK Campaigns, Oxfam
We discussed a set of short term and long term actions for us to build on following the hearing, and we have already taken steps to carry some of them out. We remain determined to continue to do everything we can to fight inequality in all its forms and are hugely grateful to everyone who attended and supported the event.