Equality Objectives Statement

At Westbury Juniors we will aim to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Each person will be given fair and equal opportunities to develop their full potential regardless of their gender, transgender, ethnicity, culture and religious background, sexuality, disability, or special educational needs and ability. The school will actively promote equality and foster positive attitudes and commitment to an education for equality.

To eliminate discrimination, we:

  • Through data analysis, focused support, and the removal of deterministic notions of fixed ability, ensure all pupils achieve their full potential in a system of teaching and learning that avoids labelling
  • Narrow the gap between boys’ and girls’ attainment and progress across Key Stage 2.
  • Promote cultural development through carefully considered resources, assemblies and classroom activities.
  • Promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school
  • Allow equal access to information for all parents
  • Ensure the school environment remains as accessible as possible to all pupils, staff, parents & visitors
  • Eradicate prejudice related bullying in relation to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010.

Principles of compliance with the public sector equality duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 has 3 main aims:

  1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  3. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

We believe that equality at our school should be considered in 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, respected and cared for, based on our school aims and values. We want to provide an environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimization of any kind. We want to educate our pupils in an environment which recognizes, celebrates and draws upon the diversity of Westbury and beyond.

At our school, equality is a key principle for treating all people the same. The Equality Act defines eight ‘Protected Characteristics’:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Pregnancy and maternity
  5. Race
  6. Religion and belief
  7. Gender
  8. Sexual orientation