The values Be Kind, Be Brave, Be The Best You, are at the heart of what we do at Sheldon School. With this in mind, we are currently carrying out work to strengthen our work in relation to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. During the 2023-2024 school year, we will be collaborating with Representation Matters to deliver workshops to staff, students and our wider community to create an anti-racist, anti-discriminatory culture in our school. Keep an eye out for communications from us throughout the year with updates on our work.
“We value and instil in our students key personal qualities: honesty and integrity, kindness, respect, courtesy, tolerance, and life skills to support them towards their life beyond school, equipping them for their future in an ever-changing world.”
A Sheldon School core value.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) that applies to public bodies, including maintained schools and academies, and extends to certain protected characteristics - race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment.
It has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, we are required to have due regard to the need to:
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.
Our Equalities Policy demonstrates our awareness of our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and we consider any equality implications when developing and approving policies and reviewing them regularly with equality in mind.
Our equality objectives aim to:
Improve equality of opportunity for people with protected characteristics.
Consult and involve those affected by inequality in the decisions our school takes to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.
Sheldon School is committed to providing equality of access to its site and services. The Access Plan details what the school is doing to ensure disabled people have equality of access.
Click here to read all of our school policies.
We are very pleased to offer a Multi-Faith Prayer Space for students of all faiths and none to pray, meditate and reflect during lunch and after school. All students have discussed the use of the space during tutor time, including guidelines for respectful behaviour.
Students are invited to Room VI7 from 12:20-12:55 and 3:00-3:30 daily.
Our Inclusivity Group is a student-led group that meets weekly to have conversations in a safe space and to discuss ideas for change. The group is open to all students, especially those from marginalised groups. We hope that young people will find it useful to discuss issues that are important to them with people of similar experiences, as well as those with differing backgrounds.
Students are welcome to bring their lunches to Room E8 each Tuesday.