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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider




At Bishop Pursglove, we work to ensure that our children and school community understand that there are NO OUTSIDERS at our school; 


Everyone is different

We celebrate our differences

We are all equal in our differences


We do more than 'tolerate' each other because we embrace our differences. 


Britain is a diverse and multicultural country that is rich in tradition and culture. Regardless of the type of school pupils attend, it is imperative that they gain a real understanding and appreciation of others, their cultures, traditions, and ways of life.

We believe that different cultures, talents, and life experiences bring richness and vibrancy to school life and help create an environment that supports us all in learning from each other.


We aim to be a community where everyone is treated fairly and with respect. We want everyone to flourish and reach their potential, and we recognise that for some pupils’ extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.

We take seriously our duties to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people of all backgrounds. This duty is set out in the Equality Act of 2010, which covers sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy or maternity.


The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have.


Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:

At Bishop Pursglove, we actively promote these in our curriculum and work to embed them into our ethos.


Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination when:

  • you are in the workplace
  • you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
  • you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
  • you use transport
  • you join a club or association (for example, your local cricket club)
  • you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments. 


Bishop Pursglove has a clear Equality policy with objectives, and we have an Accessibility Plan to support equal access for children, staff, parents and carers.



Equality Act 2010 guidance click here 

Equality Objectives


As a public body maintained by the local authority, we must comply with the public sector equality duty under the Equality Act (2010), and the additional specific duties and public authorities regulations (2017), and publish details that demonstrate how we comply with this duty.

Equality objectives help focus attention on the priority equality issues within our school in order to deliver improvements in policy making, service delivery and employment, including resource allocation.

We aim to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct 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 between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Consult and involve those affected by inequality, in the decisions we take to promote equality and eliminate discrimination (including parents, pupils, staff and members of the local community)


Equality Statement 


Bishop Pursglove CE Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.

We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents, and carers irrespective of race, sex/gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background.

We promote a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity/ability to participate fully in school life.

We promote equality, tackle all forms of discrimination, and foster good relationships between diverse groups of people

We challenge discrimination, harassment, victimisation, bullying and stereotypes. Our school culture is supportive, and we create working/learning environments which champions respect for all.

Our staff, SLT and Governors, believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected, valued and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.


Equality in Teaching and learning


We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:

  • Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society where they will live, study and work
  • Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population, and local community without stereotyping or prejudice
  • Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice
  • Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
  • Seeking to involve all parents/carers in supporting their child’s education
  • Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils and society.
  • We adopt the following key principles:

All learners are of equal value

We recognise and respect difference

We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.

We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.

We have the highest expectations of all our children.


Equality in Admissions and Exclusions


Our admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex/gender, religion/belief, disability and/or socio-economic background.


Equity for Staff


All staff appointments and promotions are made on the basis of merit and ability and in compliance with the law. 


Bishop Pursglove's staff, SLT and Governors are committed to ensuring equality of provision throughout the school community. To achieve this, our equality objectives 2022 - 2025 are as follows:

  • promote understanding and respect for differences.
  • tackle all forms of discrimination
  • foster good relationships between diverse groups.
  • embed EDI into everything we do as oppose to it being a stand alone agenda
  • provide EDI training for all staff, leaders and governors
  • develop an Anti-racist strategy
  • monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender, and disability
  • and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
  • raise levels of attainment in core subjects for vulnerable learners.
  • Review/monitor levels of parental and pupil engagement by protected characteristic in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.
  • promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school
  • ensure that all pupils are given equal opportunities with regards to after-school clubs and activities
  • ensure the school environment is accessible as possible to all pupils, staff, governors, parents/carers, and visitors.
  • eradicate prejudice related bullying in relation to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010
  • reduce prejudice and increase understanding of equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging through direct teaching across the curriculum.
  • actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between pupils and all groups of pupils; especially learners eligible for free-school meals, with specific educational needs and dis/abilities and looked after children


For further information see the following publications:


  • Equality Act 2010
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997


Information on pupils by protected characteristics


The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.

In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.


Information on other groups of pupils


In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:


  • Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Disadvantaged group
  • Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Young carers
  • Looked after children
  • Other vulnerable groups




Updated April 2023 Review April 2024