At Carnforth School, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background, in line with Equality Act 2010.

We shall endeavour to make a positive contribution to society by demonstrating qualities such as respect, co-operation and valuing differences while celebrating cultural diversity. We aim to create a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life. We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.

At Carnforth School, we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity in line with the Equality Act 2010. 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 admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, belief, disability and/or socio-economic background.

Objectives

Our equality objectives are:

  1. To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.  We aim to meet this objective with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.
  2. To reduce prejudice and increase understanding of equality through direct teaching across the curriculum.
  3. To move beyond deterministic notions of fixed ability and to model learning and teaching behaviours that avoid labelling.
  4. To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school.
  5. To eradicate prejudice related bullying in relation to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010.
  6. To tackle prejudice and promote understanding in relation to people with disabilities.
  7. To monitor and promote the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs.
  8. To close gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially boys and girls, students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from different heritage groups.
  9. To further improve accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.
  10. To endeavour to ensure that the staff body and representation of staff in leadership roles is reflective of the local community.
  11. To reduce the incidence of the use of homophobic, sexist and racist language by students in the school.

We promote the principles and practices of equality and justice throughout the school and we aim to be a school where everyone:

  • Is respected and respects others
  • Takes part fully in the life of the school
  • Achieves their full potential
  • Develops skills essential to life
  • Exercises choice
  • Celebrates cultural diversity

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

Nor as a school or employer will we accept any of the following:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Associative discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Harassment by a third party
  • Victimisation