Lynch Hill welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, ethnicity, gender (including issues of transgender) and of maternity and pregnancy, religion and belief, and sexual identity.
All students are entitled to equality of education and opportunities, and to reach his or her full potential. We are committed to raising the aspirations and expectations for all students with SEN, including those identified as Gifted or Talented and/or who would benefit from aspiration-raising programmes. The SEND policy provides full details of the way that the school identifies, supports and monitors the needs of pupils with special educational needs. Primarily, we will regularly monitor, evaluate and modify strategies for students with additional needs to help them progress. Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCO) will ensure that students with specific needs are appropriately supported at the correct level. As part of the process, the SENDCO and Head of Year will liaise closely with parents, ensuring that all students with special educational needs or disability flourish through a strong partnership between home and school.
Our current brand new state of the art building which opened in April 2017 offers full disabled access and facilities.
Whatever the nature of the local community, pupils are growing up in a wider multicultural and multiracial society where they are subject to various attitudes towards minority groups, and also certain images of these groups portrayed by the media. The school’s Equality Objectives should be read in conjunction with the Accessibility Policy, the Equal Opportunities Policy and the Disability Equality Policy.
The School stands against all forms of discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ability.
This is achieved through the following objectives:
- Promotion of cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community.
- Monitoring and promotion of the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs and disabilities.
- Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from minority ethnic groups.
- Continue to improve accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.
- Endeavour to ensure that the staff body and representation of staff in leadership roles is reflective of the local community.
- Reduce the incidence of the use of homophobic, sexist and racist language by students in the school.