Equality-All The Same, All Different
Our Commitment to Equality
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of St Mary's. We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences.
Our aim is to provide an excellent Catholic education for all our pupils. Our Catholic ethos, borne out in our mission, shows how we love everyone equally:
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is a caring Catholic community where every child is equal. We aim to nurture each child’s uniqueness in the spirit of God, helping them to achieve their full potential in a safe and happy environment.
In our Catholic school we provide a:
Safe, loving and enriching environment
Trust, and patience
Motivation to reach individual's full potential
Acceptance and celebration of uniqueness
Respect for all
Young people nurtured in the Spirit of God
School full of awe and wonder
One vital way of achieving this 'excellent Catholic education for all our pupils' is to work hard to improve students’ attainment and the standards of teaching and learning continually. At the same time, we also aim to meet the needs of the whole person and the whole community because we understand that the whole of life is education and that everyone who is part of a student’s life affects that student’s understanding of life and, therefore, his or her education. In this sense, every person matters.
The school’s Equality objectives outline how we are complying with the public sector equality duty, including details of how we are eliminating discrimination, improving equality of opportunity for people with protected characteristics, and involving those affected by inequality to inform our decisions on this issue.
The school's Accessibility Plan includes details on how we are working to increase our disabled pupils’ ability to participate in our curriculum, improve the physical environment of our academy so disabled pupils take better advantage of the services we provide, and improve the availability of accessible information to our disabled pupils.
At St Mary's we access resources from Stonewall, a leading LGBT rights organisation. You can read more about Stonewall’s work here https://www.stonewall.org.uk/. We taken advice from a specialist, Mrs Anne Foxley-Johnson, on this area.
Our Commitment to the Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 gathers together various different pieces of equality legislation which have been developed over a number of recent years. It sets out some key equality provisions for the delivery of education and a requirement for public bodies to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relationships between different groups. Against the background of the UK's increasingly diverse communities, Oasis recognises that this Act plays a major role in recognising the UK's historic commitment to tolerance.
The Equality Act 2010 is, therefore, an important and significant piece of legislation for St Mary's because its key provisions underpin the aim of St Mary's itself: an equal and inclusive society in which difference is understood and respected. This school is committed to meeting its obligations within the law and being a good expression of St Mary's own commitment to equality.
Equality Policy - Statement of Commitment
The governing body and school is committed to a policy of equality and aims to ensure that no employee, job applicant, pupil or other member of the school community is treated less favourably on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability or religious belief.
We aim to provide equal access to high quality educational opportunities and to ensure that everyone feels that they are a valued member of the school community. We seek to provide a safe and happy environment where all can flourish and where cultural diversity is celebrated.
All members of the school community are responsible for promoting the school’s equal opportunities policy and are obliged to respect and act in accordance with the policy.
Equality Policy - Aims and objectives
The governing body and school, through this policy aims to:
- carry out its legal duty in complying with the relevant legislation (including The Sex Discrimination Act, Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Employment Equality Regulations);
- reinforce the school’s position as a provider of high quality education and as a good employer providing development opportunities;
- ensure that equality remains high on the school’s strategic agenda;
- establish good people management practice and to set out a proactive agenda in which discrimination is recognised as an organisational issue which needs an organisational response;
- ensure all staff work together with a shared sense of purpose to meet the needs of every pupil;
- ensure that pupils and staff contribute towards a happy and caring environment by showing respect for, and appreciation of, one another as individuals;
- ensure that complaints or evidence of failure to comply with the school’s equal opportunities policy will be dealt with promptly and fully investigated according to the relevant procedure (e.g. complaints relating to staff may be investigated either under the disciplinary, grievance or anti-harassment procedure as appropriate). All forms of discrimination by any person within the school’s responsibility will be treated seriously as such behaviour is unacceptable.