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Whitchurch CE Infant & Nursery School

Equality Statement

There are a number of statutory duties that must be met by every school in line with legislation from the Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000), Disability Equality Duty (2005) and Equality Act (2010).

 

Whitchurch C.E. Infant & Nursery School is committed to meeting its public sector duties and acknowledges that we have a statutory duty to:

 

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • Promote equality of access and opportunity within our school and within our wider community.  
  • Promote positive attitudes to difference and good relationships between people with different backgrounds, genders, cultures, faiths, abilities and ethnic origins.

 

The Leadership Team and Governors at Whitchurch C.E. Infant & Nursery School regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives with regard to the protected groups (race, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, sexual orientation, religion and belief and sexual orientation) under the Equality Act (2010). 

 

Characteristics of the school (The information is based on the Raise 2016)

 

Whitchurch CE Infant & Nursery School is larger than the national average for primary schools. It is a three form entry infant school with approximately 348 children on roll (September 2016), including a 130 place FTE Nursery.

 

The school is a voluntary controlled school, in North Shropshire, 21 miles North of Shrewsbury, 23 miles South of Chester and a mile from the North Welsh border. Whitchurch is a small, market town (see www.whitchurch.info), well connected by rail and road. Whitchurch CE Infant and Nursery School is the sole provider for KS1 in Whitchurch and approximately 98% of pupils live in the town.

 

The school serves a mixed catchment area of private and local authority housing estates with the majority of children living in owner-occupied housing. The children come from broadly average socio-economic backgrounds, although there are areas of much higher social deprivation within the town.

 

Approximately 17.5% of our pupils are entitled to free school meals, (unvalidated Raise on Line data,2016), which is just below average for primary schools.

 

The majority of pupils are from a white British background (84.7%) with the biggest other pupil group being from ‘other white background’ at 11.2% of pupils.

 

In all year groups girls out number boys.

 

The percentage of pupils with statements of SEN/EHC plans is above national average at 2.1%. The majority of SEN needs are for speech, language and communication.

 

Three Year Equality Objectives 2017-2020

 

Equality objective 1:

 

Ensure that children who are entitled to Pupil Premium make expected progress across the curriculum in relation to non Pupil Premium children

 

Progress we are making on this objective:

Children identified and targeted. Performance Management targets for teachers to

raise attainment for Disadvantaged children. Extra staff employed and support staff timetabled to further support pupils.

 

Equality objective 2:

 

Ensure that all groups of pupils regularly attend school in line with National expectation

 

Progress we are making on this objective:

 

Pupils and parents are aware of the importance of attendance. We remind parents about attendance and punctuality through newsletters, display and letters. Attendance is emphasised with classes being awarded with the Attendance Bear on a weekly basis. 100% certificates are awarded to pupils with 100% Attendance at the end of each term.

 

Where attendance is below 95%, this is dealt with on an individual basis and Educational Welfare Services are advised when necessary

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