October marks Black History Month, a national celebration of the contributions and achievements of black people in the UK, achievements which have helped to shape the fabric of our society.

Throughout the month, students at Cheadle Hulme High School will take part in activities during their RS lessons to further their understanding of Black History and its significance, complementing and contributing to an already diverse year-round curriculum.

Areas of focus will include Black British identity, examining black lives in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, the Windrush Generation and black art and culture.

Students will also have the opportunity to consider topics such as social responsibility, the ‘Bystander Effect’, social justice and the power of language and the media.

There will also be a competition about 100 Great Black Britons, looking at historical figures including Queen Charlotte and Mary Seacole as well as modern day icons such as model Munroe Bergdorf and grime star Stormzy.

The programme of events and activities to celebrate Black History month promises to be both fun and informative for students, recognising and celebrating the ongoing impact made by people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.