The Equality Act was published in 2010 to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of a person’s characteristics.  There are nine identified characteristics known as protected characteristics.  These are; Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion and Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.

Under the Equality Act, we as a school are expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PESD) so that we:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

As a public organisation we are also required to:

  • Have due regard to the PESD when making decisions, taking action or developing our policies and practices.
  • Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty which is done in each policy.
  • Publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable.

We as a school are committed to creating an environment where each individual experiences an equality of opportunity and where no pupil or family is left behind, or any member of staff left unsupported.

We have set ourselves the following objects which will be reviewed annually.

  • To continue to close attainment gaps for all students and groups of students at all Key Stages but particularly for:
    • Pupils with SEND
    • Boys of Pakistani heritage
  • To continue to close the attendance gap between pupils with SEND and those without.
  • To ensure full access to all parts of the school for all pupils and visitors who have a disability.
  • To ensure all staff are confident in challenging any prejudice-related bullying.
  • To ensure that the pupil voice leadership team are given every opportunity to feed into key policy and practice developments.

We consistently engage with those impacted by inequality in the choices the academy makes to advance equality and eradicate discrimination. Through the avenue of ‘Pupil Voice,’ pupils are provided with the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions. Furthermore, we distribute questionnaires to pupils, staff, and parents/carers, aiming to gather input and insights as part of our consultation process.

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