Equality & Diversity
The Federation of Holy Trinity Church of England Schools is committed to creating a welcoming community of faith, where pupils can learn and flourish together. Each day opens up new opportunities, a fresh start bringing horizons of hope, aspiration and joy! The schools within our Federation are totally inclusive schools; as such we will not tolerate discrimination on entry by gender, race, religion, disability or special educational needs. We actively seek to remove barriers to learning, provide equality of opportunity and secure a high expectation strategy to support and challenge all our learners. Each person in our school is given fair and equal opportunities to develop their full potential with positive regard to gender, ethnicity, cultural and religious background, sexuality or disability. Our Equality and Diversity Policy is designed to support the way in which all members of the Federation can learn and flourish together.
At The Federation of Holy Trinity Church of England Schools, we are aware that those involved in the leadership of the community are instrumental in demonstrating mutual respect between all members of our community. There should be an open, invitational atmosphere which welcomes everyone. Pupils are encouraged to greet visitors to the school with friendliness and respect. The displays in both schools reflect diversity across all aspects of equality of opportunity. Physical access to and within the school for pupils and adults with visual and physical impairments is good and closely monitored. Provision is made to cater for the spiritual needs of all the pupils through planning of both assemblies and classroom activities.
All staff and members of the Local Academy Council of The Federation of Holy Trinity Church of England Schools are committed to ensure that equality of opportunity is available to all members of our community. Our Equalities Policy outlines our commitment to integrate equality and diversity into all that we do and incorporates the statutory duties as a Federation, an employer and a service provider. Our Equalities Policy states our vision to create an environment where all people who are part of our schools community feel comfortable and safe, and where the needs of that community are well understood and provided for.
All staff and Local Academy Council of The Federation of Holy Trinity Church of England Schools are committed to valuing diversity by providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all pupils and families. We also value our staff and are committed to good employment practice.
The Federation of Holy Trinity Church of England Schools seeks to ensure that no member of the community, or any person through their contact with the Federation, will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of a protected characteristic. These characteristics include race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, marital status, responsibility for children or other dependants, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, socio-economic background or living situation. In this, we include all members of the extended school community – pupils, staff, governors, families, parents, carers, religious leaders and others from our local community. All visitors to the school are also expected to adhere to this policy.
The implementation of our Equalities Policy is the responsibility of all individuals within the school community. The responsibility for keeping the issue of equal opportunity at a high level of priority at all times and in all areas, is that of the Executive Headteacher. Curriculum Subject Leaders are responsible for ensuring that equal opportunities are identified and priorities with in their subject area.
Agreed definition of equality
At The Federation of Holy Trinity Church of England Schools we understand equality to mean treating everyone with equal dignity and worth valuing their particular characteristics such as their age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances.
We acknowledge that people have different needs, situations and goals and therefore achieving equality requires the removal of discriminatory barriers that limit what people, especially children and young people can do and can be. We recognise that inequality can be experienced in a variety of ways such as through outcomes, access to services, the degree of independence to make decisions affecting lives and inequality of treatment, including in relation to employment, through direct and indirect discrimination or disadvantage imposed by other individuals, groups, institutions or systems intentionally or inadvertently.
All members of the Federation community should be aware that every individual has a right to be considered of equal value and be given equal opportunities regardless of: disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. In the context of our Federation we feel the most appropriate definition is that:
‘Equal opportunity is the right of everyone to equal chances, and each individual is respected for who they are.’
Equality Objectives 2023-2024
To diminish gender difference in attainment by raising the attainment and achievement of girls’ maths.
To increase the % of girls actively engaged in extra curricula team sport.
To embed an awareness and education of Black British History enabling all pupils to ‘dream freely, without barriers.’