Equality and Diversity
As a Catholic school, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to just and equal treatment for all and this commitment is evident in our school Mission Statement, ‘Let all that you do, be done in love’ 1 Corinthians 16:14 and our School Gospel Values which underpin our school ethos.
We aim to ensure that all our learners thrive and reach their full potential. By raising awareness of diversity and how to eliminate discrimination, and by promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations, we are preparing our children to become good global citizens, and to appreciate and celebrate the diverse society in which we live.
At St Chad's, we strive to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Statement from the Archdiocese of Southwark: No Place for Racism
In May 2021, the Archdiocese of Southwark issued the following statement. St Chad's fully endorses this statement, and we are committed to working to ensure that our school promotes inclusion, and a culture of respect where there is 'no place for racism'. Pope Francis said, ‘We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form.’
Archdiocese of Southwark Statement of Commitment: Racism in Catholic Schools
There is no place for racism in our Church and education community. The Archdiocese of Southwark is actively working with pupils, teachers, parents, governors and service providers, through the Education Commission, to promote inclusion and a culture of respect. We believe that every person is created in the image and likeness of God, and we uphold fairness and justice for all people.
At St Chad’s we support The Archdiocese of Southwark commitment to:
- Ensuring that no pupil leaves any of our schools without knowing and understanding that all human life is sacred and that racism can never be justified in any circumstances.
- Ensuring that our schools celebrate the richness of racial diversity in our day-to-day lives and throughout the world.
- Providing regular opportunities for pupils, teachers and others to share their stories and be heard.
- Ensuring that no pupil in our schools is subject to prejudice or discrimination or experiences bias based on their social, cultural or ethnic heritage.
- Regularly reviewing and developing the curriculum in our schools so that it presents and explores society, culture, literature and history accurately and fairly.
- Actively encouraging the creation of diverse staff and governance teams that reflect our school communities and ensures that black, Asian and minority ethnic team members have equal opportunities to all posts/roles.
- Collating, reviewing, monitoring and evaluating school-level data in a way that enables us to address any concerns relating to discrimination and to identify exemplary practice, reporting these annually to the Education Commission.
How our curriculum supports this:
Our ‘I Wonder’ Curriculum embeds black history into our whole school curriculum, so that it is not just studied in one month of the year, but recognised and valued throughout the year.
We also incorporate equality, diversity, and a representation of ethnic minorities into our collective worship, which introduces key people and events in history into shared collective worships. This is to ensure that as a school, we can learn from and appreciate all people and what they achieved, or the hardships they had to experience and how we can reflect and learn from them and events of the past.