Equality & Diversity

Greensward Academy is committed to meeting its responsibilities in relation to the Equality Act of 2010 and aims to uphold the three main elements of the Act:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Over the course of the academic year students will have assemblies on a range of themes associated with raising the profile of equality and diversity. Not only do we as a academy have a legal duty to promote the ideals of equality and diversity in light of the Equality Act 2010 but we have a moral duty to prepare our students for a world that is far more diverse than the academy or its immediate locality. Themes covered will include looking at differences and perceptions based on race, religion, gender, class, sexuality and ability/disability.

Many of these topics are further explored in areas of the curriculum including History, RE, Sociology, Health & Social Care and PSHE. The main aim of this focus is to encourage discussion and to raise awareness of difference, since ignorance and fear are often at the basis of hatred.

Our Equal Opportunities for Students and Race Quality Policies can be viewed below:

Equal Opportunities for Students Policy

Race Equality Policy

Aspects of the curriculum that promote tolerance and friendship, or which share understanding of a range of religions or cultures are covered in the PSHE programme. The curriculum outline for PSHE can be viewed here. Our assembly and tutor time themes can be viewed here.

Equalities Objectives

The following statements are the agreed AET Equalities Objectives:

  • To close the attainment gap between boys and girls in English, Mathematics and Science at all key stages.
  • To close the gap in performance of all pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.
  • To close the gap in performance between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged groups
  • To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experiences both in and beyond the curriculum.
  • To prevent and respond to all hate incidents and prejudice-based bullying.

At Greensward Academy all staff have been made fully aware of the contents of the AET Equalities Policy which covers the Equalities Act 2010.

The public sector equality duty (PSED), is a key measure of the Equality Act 2010. It came into force on April 5th 2011 and requires those carrying out public functions to consider the needs of all individuals.

We aim to meet our obligations under the PSED by having due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

Protected characteristics include: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race (including ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation.

Disabled Access

There is disabled access on the ground floor of the academy and a hoist is installed in the swimming pool area. There are lifts on the ground floor of C block and on the front of the Sports Hall to allow access to all areas in the academy above ground floor. There are disabled toilet facilities in various locations around the academy. There are designated disabled parking bays.