At Wistaston Church Lane Academy, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of age (for staff only), disability, gender reassignment, race, disability, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, 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 able to participate fully in school life.
The achievement of pupils will be monitored by sex, race, gender, FSM (free school meals), Ever 6 and SEND. We will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching and learning. We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. At Wistaston Church Lane Academy, we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.
Teaching and learning
We aim to provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed, and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. To do this, we will:
- Use contextual data to improve the ways in which we provide support to individuals and groups of pupils;
- Monitor achievement and progress data by ethnicity, gender, FSM, Ever 6 and SEND and action any gaps;
- Take account of the achievement of all pupils when planning for future learning and setting challenging targets;
- Ensure equality of access for all pupils and prepare them for life in a diverse society;
- Use materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community in terms of race or belief, sex, gender reassignment, different families and SEND, without stereotyping;
- Promote attitudes and values that will challenge racist and other discriminatory behaviour or prejudice;
- Provide opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures;
- Seek to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education;
- Encourage classroom and staffroom discussion of equality issues which reflect on social stereotypes, expectations and the impact on learning;
- Include teaching and classroom-based approaches appropriate for the whole school population, which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.
Admissions and exclusions
Our admissions arrangements are fair and transparent, and do not discriminate on disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, or sex (known as 'protected characteristics').
Exclusions will always be based on the school’s Behaviour Policy. We will closely monitor exclusions to avoid any potential adverse impact and ensure any discrepancies are identified and dealt with.