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Merton ‘OSCA’ goes to teacher who set up student support group

A teacher at Ricards Lodge High School has been presented with a Merton ‘OSCA’ for her exceptional support for students.

The OSCA – or Outstanding Service for Children Award – was given to Angelina Di Passio in recognition of her leadership and support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Questioning group at the Wimbledon school where she teaches history.

Ms Di Passio is a volunteer staff member of the school’s Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Working Group made up of students and staff.

She has played a key role in supporting students who have identified as LGBTQ+, helping to set up a support group which meets fortnightly after school and regularly attends to help students discuss a number of LGBTQ+ issues.

Ms Di Passio has supported the group to plan and deliver assemblies as well as arranging LGBQT+ film nights.

Merton Council’s Director of Children, Schools and Families, Yvette Stanley, said: “Teenage years can be difficult for students who have identified LGBQT+ and the support that the group set up by Ms Di Passio gives them the chance to meet and talk about issues in a safe and friendly environment. She thoroughly deserves to receive Merton’s Outstanding Service for Children Award.”

The OSCA comes soon after Ms Di Passio was hailed as London’s Inspirational Teacher of the Year in the Evening Standard School Awards supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

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