Heston Community School seeks to promote equality and celebrate the diversity within our community.
To comply with the Equality Duty the School will:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
What are the protected characteristics?
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection on the grounds of specific characteristics [protected characteristics]. For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their sex; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity. Marriage, civil partnerships and age are also 'protected characteristics'. These apply to staff but not students in schools.
Our Equality Duty [see Policies] contains information about how the School complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Guidance is given to staff and outside visitors on the School’s approach to promoting equality.
Equality Objectives 2023 - 2026
Our Equality Objectives reflect the School's priorities and draw upon available data as well as other evidence. Careful analysis is undertaken to ensure that, as a School, we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.
Our Equality Objectives are:
- Narrow the Key Stage 4 attainment gap between boys and girls so that it is smaller than the national average
- Narrow the Key Stage 4 attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged so that it is smaller than the national average
- To use performance data to monitor student achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects, courses and key stages, trends over time and comparisons with other schools
- To further improve accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.