Equal Opportunities Policy
The basic equality between all human beings has always been fundamental to Catholic belief and teaching. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School acknowledges and welcomes diversity among pupils, staff, governors and visitors. Our Equality Policy outlines the commitment of the staff and governors to promote equality. This involves tackling the barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes so that there is equality of access and the diversity within the school community is celebrated and valued. We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community.
Every member of the school community should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth. At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, equality is a key principle for treating all people the same, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, disability, religious beliefs/faith tradition, sexual orientation, age or any other of the protected characteristics (Single Equalities Act 2010). We promote the principles of fairness and justice for all through the education that we provide in our school.
To ensure these principles are carried out we have set three Equality Objectives which will be monitored by the Governing Body and reviewed each year:
- We will ensure that the whole school community is aware of the Equality & Diversity Statement and our published equality information and objectives by publishing them on the school website and ensure that the parents are aware of their availability through our regular Newsletters.
- To narrow any gaps in attainment and progress that have arisen between groups of pupils within the school’s community by ensuring that all groups and individuals have their needs fully met in order to achieve their full potential, and to make good progress or better.
- To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to the upkeep of British values such as issues of tolerance, democracy, equality and diversity
Breaches to this statement will be dealt with in the same ways that breaches of other school policies are dealt with, as determined by the Head Teacher and Governing body.