This information sets out our school’s approach to promoting equality, as defined within the Equality Act (2010) which covers sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, students and staff members who are pregnant and those undergoing gender reassignment.
The Beacon of Light School aims to provide equality and excellence for all and promote the highest possible standards of achievement, enjoyment and fulfilment. These aims are promoted through our school Values, specifically:
Our young people are here to learn more, do more and be more
We aim to prepare them for life in a diverse society where they are able to be involved in and celebrate all aspects of that society and are welcomed as part of it.
Our Equality & Diversity Policy provides a framework in which we can pursue our duties to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations and positive attitudes between people of diverse backgrounds.
We will ensure that no students, staff, parents, carers or any other person through their contact with the school receives less favourable treatment on any grounds. This includes the protected characteristics identified within the Equality Act 2010 i.e. sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy, those undergoing or those who have undergone gender reassignment and age (not students). We also choose to include ethnic or national origin, language, marital or civil partnership status, responsibility for children or other dependants, trade union or political activities, social class, where the person lives and spent convictions that are not related to safeguarding.
The principles of this policy apply to all members of the extended school community, students, staff, Trustees, parents and community members.
We will ensure that our students are part of their local community, using local resources and being known and accepted within that community. We also aim to include our various local communities in the life of the school (e.g. businesses, faith groups, ethnic or language groups, voluntary groups, wider family and friends).
In order to help achieve a cohesive community our school aims to:
School Trustees are responsible for:
The Principal is responsible for:
All school staff members are responsible for:
Students are responsible for:
Parents and carers are responsible for:
Visitors and Contractors are responsible for:
Responsibility for overseeing equality practices in the school lies with the Principal and the member of the Trustee Body linked to equality. These responsibilities include:
The Equality page on the website will be regularly monitored and updated by the Principal as necessary.