Statement of Inclusion
Equality of opportunity is everybody’s right and is a central aim of the College for all staff, students, governors and others associated with the College.
We foster a welcoming and inclusive College environment by celebrating and valuing diversity, advancing equality and through eliminating unlawful prejudice, harassment, victimisation and discrimination.
We are aware that there are many barriers to true equality and that individuals may be disadvantaged because of their race, age, sex, gender assignment, religion or belief (including lack of belief), disability or sexual orientation. The College is also mindful of the socio-economic, cultural, psychological and experiential factors which can affect our students including those who are ‘looked after’ or who are carers themselves.
Every member of the College community has a responsibility for promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of College life.
- Staff and governors are committed to listening to and valuing each individual in its care.
- The College will continuously strive to create an environment which develops the resilience and critical awareness of students so that their vulnerability to emotional manipulation in all its forms is minimised.
- The College is committed to a learning culture which is open and dynamic, and positively encourages the exploration of controversy including providing opportunities to explore equality issues and celebrate diversity in coaching seminars, lessons and through cross-college events and student groups and societies.
- The College promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs in all that we do and with particular regard to those with protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010.
- We proactively use student voice to understand and advance equality issues in the College.
Bullying or Harassment
Most of the bullying or harassment incidents we deal with in College start out as jokes.
“I was only joking”, “I didn’t mean anything by it”, “Loads of people were laughing” etc. are no defence – it’s not a joke if it causes offence to anyone. Cases of harassment or bullying, face-to-face or through social media, are not tolerated and will lead to serious disciplinary action and/or police action.
The College has an Equality and Diversity Committee of staff, governors and students. If you have a particular interest in Equality & Diversity, please contact Louise Dale-Barron, Assistant Principal. The Equality and Diversity Policy and other documents are available to download from the College’s website.