St Mary's Equality Objectives
At St Mary's, we aim to be a community where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. We believe in equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.
Avoiding discrimination and promoting equality supports the agenda of improving the attainment and progress of all pupils, regardless of their circumstances and backgrounds. As a Church School, we place a strong emphasis on creating and sustaining an ethos based on Christian principles. Care, understanding and respect for each other are paramount, and we aim to nurture and develop positive spiritual, moral, social and cultural attitudes within our school community. Religious education and collective worship are central to the life of our school, whilst reflecting the rich variety of religious traditions and diversity of our society.
We are required to publish equality information as well as equality objectives, which show how we plan to reduce or remove particular inequalities or disadvantages. This information is reviewed and updated annually.
The equality duty supports good education and improves pupil outcomes. It helps us as a school to identify priorities such as underperformance, poor progression, and bullying. It does this by requiring it to collate evidence, take a look at the issues and consider taking action to improve the experience of different groups of pupils. It then helps us to focus on what can be done to tackle these issues and to improve outcomes by developing measurable equality objectives.
To support our school community we have developed the following objectives.
- To promote a positive self-image in all children and to respect their individuality, providing for all pupils according to their needs
- To ensure equality of opportunity permeates the whole curriculum and ethos of the school
- To tackle prejudice and promote understanding in relation to people with any of the protected characteristics outlined above
- In delivering the curriculum, ensure it contains non-stereotypical content in order to overcome preconceived ideas relating to any protected characteristic
- To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school
Monitoring and Review
The impact of these objectives will be monitored regularly through Senior Leadership and Governing Body regular monitoring processes. This statement and objectives will be reviewed fully every 4 years.