At Woolacombe School, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.
We believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
Equality in Teaching and learning
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:
- Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society
- Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community without stereotyping
- Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice
- Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
- Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.
Equality in Admissions and Exclusions
Our admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, belief, disability and/or socio-economic background.
Equal Opportunities for Staff
All staff appointments and promotions are made on the basis of merit and ability and in compliance with the law. We are keen to ensure that the staffing of the school reflects the diversity of our community.
The Alumnis Trust is fully committed to an inclusive education that is central to the achievement of a high quality education for all our learners and the development of more inclusive communities.
A highly inclusive ethos will be reflected in our schools through our distinctive vision, values and character virtues, creating a culture where pupils feel welcome, accepted, safe and valued.
Inclusion does not mean treating people the same without regard for individual differences. We are proactive in identifying barriers which restrict pupils’ achievement, engagement and learning and take action to remove obstacles that could lead to educational exclusion.
Particular groups of pupils who require access to specialist provision within our schools are at the highest risk of educational exclusion. These include pupils with special educational needs, pupils with disabilities, pupils with special talents and pupils with special gifts.
Developing inclusion will involve pupils, professionals, parents, carers and the wider community.