Oriel High School is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in line with the Equality Act 2010. We seek to show this through all aspects of school life and in particular through our commitment to every student fulfilling their potential, our work in the classroom, our student support systems, our recruitment and retention of staff and our work in the local and wider community. We were awarded the Equality Award in recognition of our work.
We are fully committed to furthering the aims of the general equality duty, which states that we must have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity
- Foster good relations
All members of the school community have the right and the responsibility to be treated and to treat others with mutual respect and in so doing promote everyone’s right to learn, work and develop. This applies to all in our community irrespective of any grouping which might categorise individuals and therefore lead to discrimination.
There are nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The school regularly records information in relation to gender, ethnic backgrounds, special educational needs and disabilities in relation to all its staff and students.
This information is monitored regularly, and used in conjunction with a range of other data (attainment, exclusions, participation and attendance) to ensure that we comply with the general equality duty.
Equality Targets 2021 – 2024
- Promote cultural development and understanding through the provision of a rich range of experiences and opportunities for all students.
- Ensure that all students are encouraged to make a positive contribution to the life of the school through engaging with student voice.
- Promote high standards of achievement for all and ensure that every effort is made to narrow achievement gaps between identified groups and others.