At St Francis CofE (Aided) Junior School we are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what his/her background or personal circumstances. Each child is treated as an individual and staff work hard to remove barriers to learning as they arise. Small class sizes mean that teachers can give every child tailored work, matched to their current ability, in order to maximise their achievements over time. This includes children with SEND and looked after children.
We have been recognised as a Rights Respecting School and Christian Values underpin all interactions in school. Children are taught to think about the consequences of their behaviour and to act responsibly towards the whole school community. "The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. They are extremely polite and well mannered. The relationships between pupils and members of the school community are excellent. As a result, this is a warm and welcoming school where there is a highly positive ethos of 'everyone matters.'" (OFSTED, April 2015)
We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs. Our School is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. We aim to:
St Francis' prides itself in being very inclusive and we will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need in line with the Special Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
Equality Act 2010
St Francis Junior School acknowledges its responsibilities under the public sector equality duty of the Equality Act 2010 from 1st October 2010.
The Act replaces and consolidates all existing equality legislation and enacts new duties under the school equality provision. The two new protected characteristics extended to pupils are pupils undergoing gender reassignment and those pupils who are pregnant or recently given birth.
The three general equality duties and two specific duties now cover all protected characteristics. School will no longer ask health related questions of job applicants prior to a conditional job offer. We understand we are able to undertake 'positive action' in order to offer equality of opportunity to identified groups covered by protected characteristics. (i.e. specialised EAL withdrawal for new arrivals).
We will renew information at least annually and renew the equality objectives every four years. We will have due regard, demonstrated by giving relevant and proportionate consideration to our public sector equality duty under the Act.
At St Francis' we do our best, in an old building, to remove potential access barriers. This is outlined in our Accessibility Plan (Click on the link below).
If you have any concerns regarding access, please contact the school.