Diversity and Inclusion

At Calthorpe Park School, we value and promote a diverse and inclusive community that fosters equitable, just, and flourishing environments where all staff and students can find a sense of belonging. We embrace and promote our differences and uniqueness, as it is through this diversity that we find our greatest success. We strive to cultivate an environment that affords everyone the opportunities, supports, and resources needed for their success and well-being.

When we talk about equality, diversity and inclusion, it’s with an understanding that these are separate but interlinked issues, which may need different approaches.

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Equality means making sure that everyone is treated fairly and with dignity and respect. It means challenging discrimination and removing barriers, so that everyone has opportunities to achieve their desired outcomes.

Diversity is about recognising the benefits of different values, abilities, and perspectives, and celebrating people’s differences. This means promoting an environment that welcomes and values diverse backgrounds, thinking, skills and experience.

Inclusion is providing a space where everyone has equal access to opportunities and resources, and where everyone feels valued and accepted. Everyone should be able to contribute and have a voice. This may mean making reasonable adjustments to facilitate participation.

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The principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are central to our core values, ethos and vision. At Calthorpe Park School, we call this “The Calthorpe Way.”  We recognise the diversity of our community and the people who receive support from Calthorpe Park School. We also acknowledge that inequalities exist in all levels of society but firmly believe that celebrating diversity and promoting an inclusive environment for all will help to continue to support young people to improve their chances in life by eliminating all forms of discrimination. In turn this will help to maintain and build trust and confidence in us, both as an educational institution and hub of the community.

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Our legal and regulatory obligations

As a public body, we are legally obligated to comply with the general equality duty, as set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. This prohibits discrimination because of the following protected characteristics.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The public sector equality duty requires us to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct
    prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not by removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics, taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups, where these are different from the needs of other people, and encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.