School Statement on Equality

Hollydale School is committed to equality both as an employer and a service-provider. We aim to make sure that no-one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age, any disability they may have, their ethnicity, colour or national origin, their gender, their gender identity or reassignment, their marital or civil partnership status, being pregnant or having recently had a baby, their religion or beliefs, their sexual identity and orientation.

We are committed to:

• Ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
• Making our school a safe, secure and stimulating place for everyone.
• Consulting and involving people from different groups in our decisions, for example, through talking to pupils and parents/carers and through our school council.
• Recognising that people have different needs and that promoting equality will involve addressing those needs rather than not treating everyone the same.
We welcome the emphasis in the Ofsted inspection framework on the requirement for leaders to promote equality and diversity, resulting in a positive school culture, working together to prevent discriminatory behaviour.

We welcome our duty under the Equality Act 2010 which requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
• Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
• Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
• Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

This statement meets out specific duty to publish information every year which sets out how we are doing this.

Our Equality Objectives are:

• To use performance data to monitor student achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects, courses and key stages, trends over time and comparisons with other schools.
• To raise the awareness and skills of staff to promote fairness, equality and good relations in the context of their role.
• To provide an environment that welcomes, protects and respects diverse people.
• To ensure that all students are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of the school.
• To address cultural events through year assemblies to increase student awareness and understanding of issues in different communities.

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