Equality Statement

Thomas Estley Community College is opposed to all forms of prejudice (including harassment of any kind) and we recognise that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fair less well in the education system.  We provide both our pupils and staff with an awareness of the impact of prejudice in order to prevent any incidents and work with our partners to develop effective procedures and policies to combat all forms of unlawful discrimination and to share good practice.

Thomas Estley Community College will help prepare tomorrows global citizens for life in our culturally, ethnically, diverse society.

The College is firmly committed to the principle of equal opportunities in both the delivery of services and employment.  Equality of opportunity means that service users, job seekers and employees will be treated equally and fairly regardless of their colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, relation, gender, marital status, sexuality, disability, age or any other protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.  The College is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and harassment of any kind.

Treating each other with kindness, fairness and respect

Thomas Estley promotes equality for all people because fundamentally we believe that it is the right thing to do. There is also a legal requirement to promote equality in relation to all the protected equality characteristics, extending to age, religion or belief and sexual orientation and deprivation. We are an organisation that has equality and human rights at its core. Our values include "Treating each other with kindness, fairness and respect."

Equality duty (PESD)

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). The PSED applies to all maintained and independent schools, including academies and maintained and non-maintained special schools.

The specific duties associated with the PSED require us to publish relevant, proportionate information demonstrating our compliance with the Equality Duty; to share our specific, measurable equality objectives; and publish information to show our compliance with the Equality Duty. This means that the information we publish must show that we had due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act;
  • advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

In addition to Our Equality Statement (above), the Equality Policy (below) is shared in compliance with our PSED. Our Equality information should be read in conjunction with various documents as referred to within the Policy, including our Inclusion (SEN) local offer.