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Former Alfred Salter Primary deputy head receives Freedom of the City of London

An inspirational former Alfred Salter Primary teacher and LGBT+ campaigner has been given the Freedom of the City of London.

Shaun Dellenty, a former deputy head at Alfred Salter Primary, came out as gay to his pupils in 2009.

A tireless advocate for inclusion in education across the globe, Shaun was previously handed the Freedom of Southwark by the mayor in 2016; the highest civic honour in the borough.

He received his latest accolade this week at an online ceremony held by the City of London Corporation, with current mayor of Southwark Barrie Hargrove and councillors including Dora Dixon-Fyle MBE. 

Shaun Dellenty at the online ceremony, presided over by Murray Craig, clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court at the City of London Corporation. Photos by Mike Donovan and Chris Jepson

 Shaun decided to come out at school due to hearing homophobic language being used around the school.

His experience also led him to create the ground-breaking education programme ‘Inclusion For All’ variations of which he has now delivered to over 90,000 educators in the UK.

He told the News: “It is a huge privilege to work with apprentices at the City of London Corporation each year, sharing my personal and professional journey with them to inspire them to explore their own voices as voices for positive change. 

“To be bestowed the Freedom of London enables me to connect with the lineage, history and traditions of a city I made my home in over twenty years ago and in which I found myself and my treasured community.

“I am deeply touched and grateful.”

READ MORE: Pride Southwark – Coming out as a gay educator

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