Equality & Diversity
At St. Peter’s C.E. Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and are able to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes, and by creating an environment which champions respect for all. We believe that diversity is a strength which should be harnessed; it must be respected and celebrated by all those who learn and teach here, and all who visit us.
We recognise that we all have different needs and we understand that treating individuals equally does not always involve treating them the same.
Equality in Education
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach their highest level of personal achievement. We do this in a number of ways, including:
- ensuring equality of access for all pupils equipping them with the knowledge, skills, attitude and values to become global, national and local citizens, who are ready to tackle the challenges of life;
- promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice;
- challenging any examples that contradict such behaviour, with firmness and tact, expediently;
- providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures;
- using materials and resources that fully reflect our school and it’s diverse community;
- utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils; and
- seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education.
The Single Equality Policy supersedes the school’s previously separate policies on ethnicity, disability and gender equality. It also outlines the school’s statutory duties and responsibilities, including setting equality objectives. Each year the school draws up a School Improvement Plan (SIP) outlining the specific actions and projects that shall be undertaken to implement the principles in this policy. Our equality objectives are cross-referenced with the School Improvement Plan which ensures that they are monitored and evaluated systematically.
Our current equality objectives are:
- track and challenge the attainment and progress of cohorts, individuals and groups including race, gender and disability, and promptly act on any patterns in the data;
- ensure that effective action is taken to enable all pupils, including the most able and those with SEND, to reach their full potential; and
- review the implementation of the SEND Code of Practice ensuring equal access for all.
Our Accessibility Policy, and associated action plan, detail how access is to be reviewed, developed and improved for disabled pupils, staff and visitors to the school, or those with specific access requirements.
Equality in Admissions
All admissions, including in-year admissions for those families looking to move schools, are dealt with thought the admissions office in Horsham. If you would like to apply for a place, please follow this link;
Admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background. Further information regarding our admissions arrangements and be found here.
Equality in Employment
We operate a meritocracy; all staff appointments and promotions are made on merit and ability and in compliance with the law. The Equality and Diversity in Employment Policy provides employees with a clear statement about the school’s commitment to promoting equality and diversity within employment.