At Churchmead Cof E (VA) School we understand equality to mean treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, valuing their particular characteristics such as age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances.
We understand that people have different needs, situations and goals. Achieving equality requires the removal of discriminatory barriers which may 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, affecting progress, access to services and independence in making life’s decisions; ultimately affecting lives and creating inequality of treatment. Inequality can exist in employment opportunities, through direct and indirect discrimination and disadvantage, imposed by other individuals, groups, institutions or systems intentionally or inadvertently.
Our commitment to equality is demonstrated through our commitment to the individual by our mission statement; ‘Achievement through Partnership’ where ‘Every Learner Matters’. This is further underpinned by our four school values: Care, Courtesy, Consideration and Challenge of ourselves and each other to be the best we can, with no exceptions surrounding social, economic, sexual orientation, age, gender, cultural or religious backgrounds. We are an inclusive school which nurtures the whole person our
students describe the school as a family where everyone is different, but one (SIAS November 2010)
Our commitment is evident through the many interventions that we as a school, have in place. Our ‘student voice’, has helped re shape our rewards system based on the seven Olympic and Paralympic values:- friendship, respect, excellence, equality, courage, determination and inspiration.