Equality Objectives

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex or sexual orientation.​

Marriage and civil partnerships and age are also 'protected characteristics', but do not apply to our provision for students, though are referred to in staffing and recruitment policies.

Under the Act, the school is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This requires us to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Foster good relations between different groups

Our Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.

Our Equality Objectives are:

  • To promote cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community by ensuring that every class has participated in assembly or form time discussion. We will plan several weekly pastoral themes to further inform and promote understanding across a range of themes. This will be monitored by Heads of Year, Senior Leaders and through student feedback.
  • To monitor and promote the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs and those eligible for the pupil premium. This will be overseen and strategically planned by school leaders and promoted among all groups of pupils. 
  • To close gaps in attainment between students and all groups of students; especially students eligible for the pupil premium, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from different heritage groups. Data will be carefully analysed and distributed internally and externally (when applicable).

Specific tasks relating to these objectives can be found within the School Development Plan.