Equality Statement

Equality Statement

At Linchfield Academy we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in line with the Equality Act of October 2010. We seek to demonstrate this through all aspects of school life and in particular through our commitment to every child, fulfilling their potential. This commitment applies to our work in the classroom, our pupil support systems, our recruitment and retention of staff and our work in the local and wider community. 

Our school population changes on a year to year basis as the school adds additional year groups. As a school we will ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to achieve the very best that they are capable of and will also guide parents on how they can support their child’s achievement. Where pupils experience barriers to their success we will work with them to address these in a sensitive and sympathetic way. 

Through our work in the classroom we will ensure that pupils understand the importance of equality and what forms discrimination can take and the impact discrimination can have. We will also seek to foster within our pupils their own commitment to promoting equality. 

As an employer we will not discriminate on any of the following:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
Nor as a school or employer will we accept any of the following:
  • Direct Discrimination
  • Indirect Discrimination
  • Discrimination by perception
  • Associative discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Harassment by a third party
  • Victimisation

As a school we will ensure that we are involving those affected by inequality in the decisions that we take to promote equality and eliminate discrimination. This information is gathered annually through our community surveys. We also acknowledge the need to have objectives in order to ensure that we are able to address any areas where there are either inequalities or perceived inequalities.  Our objectives are as follows:

  1. To complete a school community survey and consult annually to identify any areas of concern, particularly for Parents/Carers and Pupils.
  2. To ensure that our Rights Respecting work within the school allow children to gain a deeper understanding of equality and diversity.
  3. To increase the number of outside agencies (police, fire brigade, NSPCC, e-safety experts etc) who attend school to give the pupils expert advice on a range of issues.
  4. To ensure that Religious Education (RE) is given priority within the curriculum to ensure that children can develop an understanding of and tolerance towards a range of different religions, faiths and beliefs.
  5. To audit and improve upon the range of books within school which can be used to promote Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) characters, thus helping to deepen children's understanding of equality and diversity.
  6. To use our in school tracking systems for behaviour to identify at risk pupils.  This information will then be used to identify any equality issues which will be addressed. 

The school Leadership Team and Local School Board review the school’s Equality Policy and all other policies within the cycle agreed by local school board members.  Should any issues arise that mean that the policy needs amendments then these will be recommended for approval at the following local school board meeting.