Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly
College Road, Purton, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR
The Equality Act 2010
St Mary's school has 'faith in everyone to shine brightly'. This positive, inclusive approach is at the heart of everything we do and in how we function. We aim to welcome and include everyone into our school, to value and recognise our similarities and celebrate and respect our differences.
It is a legal requirement under the Equality Act that, in the exercise of their functions, schools are required, to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation; advance equality of opportunity; and foster good relations.
The 9 'Protected Characteristics' as defined in the Equalities Act (2010) are:
St Mary's strives to be ever mindful of these characteristics in all we do, from workforce and employment functions, to our children's individual needs and our knowledge-based, values-led curriculum, which aims to provide all pupils to lead productive, successful lives, and contribute positively to our society.
In relation to our staff and pupils at St Mary's we:
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says:
“Publishing equality information should enable service users, staff, the Commission, regulators and other interested parties to assess the equality performance of your organisation. It will help you to explain how and why you have reached certain conclusions and made certain decisions. It will provide a clear picture of how you have complied with the general equality duty and it will make your decision-making more transparent.”
The 'three limbs' of Equality
We always aim to address the 'three limbs' of the general equality duty. These are to:
Our Equality Objectives
Below you will find information published to demonstrate and support our commitment to these three vital aims. We have three equality objectives plus a policy review (annually). We work with the Equality Governor and report information relating to these and other equality duties to the Governing Body.
The information here may be qualitative or quantitative in nature. We are mindful that with the size of the school, some information could serve to identify individual members of staff or children, so this can lead to some details being supressed in this forum.
For each objective, we indicate those affected by inequality and who may be consulted and involved in the decisions the school takes to promote equality and eliminate discrimination: affected people could include parents, pupils, staff and members of the local community.
Please note: this is a 'live' document which is regularly updated.