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Equal Opportunities

Equal Opportunities Statement 

At Sir Herbert Leon Academy we wish to create and maintain a trusting, secure and happy environment where everyone can work as equals. All members of the academy community have responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity, experience and treatment and to challenge stereotypes. Our academy community consists of a diverse range of people – employees, visitors, students and parents. We need to celebrate our differences, by understanding them and enjoying the diversity this brings.


Aims

We want to foster mutual tolerance and our aim is for everyone to feel valued within the academy. By actively promoting equal opportunities and not discriminating either directly or indirectly against anyone on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, beliefs, sexuality or gender the academy can ensure that:

  • All students have opportunities to achieve their potential
  • Expectations of all students are high
  • All students have access to and can make full use of the academy’s facilities and resources
  • It reflects the community it serves and responds to its needs
  • All students are prepared for life in a diverse and multi-ethnic society
  • All students understand the meaning of prejudice, how discrimination occurs and how to take a stand against these
  • It has a positive ethos and environment
  • Racist and discriminatory incidents are dealt with effectively
  • Inclusion issues are taken seriously and are considered in all aspects of academy life
  • Diversity is an asset to the academy

Equal Opportunities


All students and adults within the academy have a right to be treated with respect and dignity. This includes a right to:
  • Study, learn and work
  • Physical, emotional and verbal respect, free from violence, bullying and abusive language.
  • Respect for their gender, race and age
  • Freedom from sexual comments or harassment and inappropriate use of humour
  • The safety of their property

  • Equal opportunities in relation to course access, recruitment, access to extra-curricular

  • Activities and work experience. Students and adults within the academy are encouraged to challenge any inappropriate behaviour or comments. In the case of comments/incidents witnessed by others, silence and non-intervention will be viewed as agreement.


Support

Support is available for students from their Tutor, Head of Year, Student Support Coordinator, Student Wellbeing team - or any trusted adult. The academy first aid team and other outside agencies may support students as appropriate.

Students will:

  • Avoid saying or doing anything which will hurt others.

  • Report all incidents of discrimination.

  • Offer support or advice to anyone they see being discriminated against.

  • Advise the academy about ideas that they think will help to prevent discrimination.

 

All staff will:

  • Avoid saying or doing anything which will hurt others.

  • Actively demonstrate that they are committed to stopping discrimination in the academy by modelling positive teaching and learning to students and ensure that their own interactions are clear and firm without being confrontational.

  • Strive to develop an atmosphere of trust and respect where students feel their concerns are taken seriously.

  • Listen seriously to all complaints and concerns about discriminatory behaviour.

  • Challenge all discrimination and report it to the SLT.