St Simon Stock Catholic School is a welcoming school where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for others are fostered. We believe every student to be made in the image of God and we are committed to the development of the whole person within a secure and creative environment which is supportive of the individual, regardless of their age, sex, race, colour, religion or disability. We aim to promote equality, tackle any form of discrimination and seek to remove any barriers to access, participation, progression, attainment and achievement. We take seriously our contribution towards community cohesion.
Equality Duty Objectives
The Trust’s Equality Objectives for the period 2017-2021 to which the academy is contributing are:
- To help all children and young people achieve fulfilment spiritually, academically, emotionally and psychologically by supporting them, and their families, and to ensure particular improvement in the lives of the most vulnerable
- To narrow the gap in the attainment and progress of different groups of learners, with a particular focus on improving the achievement of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND), those in receipt of pupil premium funding and the “most able”.
In addition to the Trust’s objectives, the academy’s equality objectives for the same period are:
- To increase staffs’ understanding of protected characteristics through annual (minimum) training events.
- To increase governors understanding of protected characteristics through annual (minimum) training events.
- To increase pupils’ understanding of protected characteristics and equality and diversity issues through a broad and balanced curriculum and in particular through our Personal Development and Well-being sessions.
- To complete an annual audit evidencing how we cover equality and diversity issues in the school and use this to target areas for improvement.
- To review the schools Accessibility and Equality Plan annually.
- To continue to monitor incidences of bullying, including different types of bullying, such as racial, homophobic, transphobic and biphobic and ensure school wide work in this area continues to be robust and effective.
- To narrow gaps between different groups of student in relation to academic performance, exclusions and attendance.
- To ensure the school council and peer mentoring groups are a diverse selection of pupils.
- To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world in line with the vision of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. The IB curriculum encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and life long learners who understand that other people, with their differences, are equal.