Prince Alfred College Boys’ School welcomes ‘brave’ trans student

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An all-boys school in Adelaide, Australia, has fully supported a student who came out as trans, and is even designing a special uniform for her.

The principal of the private Prince Alfred College, Bradley Fenner, said in a letter to parents on Tuesday that the girl’s classmates were “respectful and supportive”. The advertiser reported.

The headmaster added that the student, named Alice, had applied herself to stay at the all-boys school and had received support from students and professionals.

Fenner wrote: “This morning a student who has been at Prince Alfred College since the Early Learning Center told her peers that she is transgender, identifies as female and will henceforth be known as Alice.

“The response from the Year 12 cohort was, as we would have hoped and expected, both respectful and encouraging.

“Alice has struggled with gender dysphoria for some time and has been well supported on her journey by a range of professionals both inside and outside the College.”

The director added that Alice had come out to her peers, who he described as “very powerful”

“She is a living embodiment of our university’s motto…which is: do brave deeds and endure, and she did just that,” he said. ABC Adelaide.

Boys-only school designs special uniform after student turns trans (Prince Alfred College)

The parents said The Australian that her classmates have been “so welcoming”, but that the school should determine some accessibility requirements, as Alice is the first trans student at Prince Alfred College.

One parent said: ‘I think it’s great that the boys have been so welcoming and accepting, and apparently the process of her explaining her new life was very emotional and they’re all supportive.

“It does raise a few logistical issues though, around things like using the toilets etc. in what was only ever an all boys school.”

The school is reportedly currently in talks with Alice to arrange a special uniform for her.
A recent study found that the majority of teachers in the UK have a trans pupil in their class, with many saying they would like more help to support them.

Research by a charity for young LGBT+ people Just like us found that 55% of teachers in England have at least one pupil who has come out as transgender, and 78% say they would like more resources to support them.

“Trans youth across the country attend schools with teachers who demand the right resources to support them,” said Dominic Arnall, chief executive of Just like us.

“With a small but vocal minority of anti-trans individuals, it is often a difficult and terrifying time for young people growing up trans.

“It’s very encouraging to see that the majority of their teachers want to help their students be themselves and feel safe while learning.”

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