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 Academy is committed to meeting its public sector duties and acknowledges that we have a statutory duty to:
The Senior Leadership Team and Local Governing Committee at Whitchurch C.E. Infant & Nursery Academy 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).
Whitchurch CE Infant & Nursery Academy is larger than the national average for primary schools. It is a three form entry infant school with approximately 371 children on roll (January 2018), including a 130 place FTE Nursery, which incorporates 2 year old provision.
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 17.3% of our pupils are entitled to free school meals, which is above average for primary schools.
The majority of pupils are from a white British background (88%) with the biggest other pupil group being from ‘other white background’ at 5.5% of pupils.
Across the school, boys slightly out number girls, with the school consisting of 52% boys and 48% girls.
The percentage of pupils with statements of SEN/EHC plans is above national average at 2.4%. The majority of SEN needs are for communication and interaction.
Through curriculum opportunities and wider school life we will promote understanding and respect for differences.
Equality objective 2:
To track and monitor disadvantaged groups throughout the school in both attainment and progress. This will inform provision and intervention and ensure vulnerable children who will not meet age related expectations are identified and support put in place to meet needs.
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.
See Pupil Premium information pages for current year actions and impact of pupil premium expenditure.
Equality objective 3:
To improve the attendance of all groups of children in line with national expectations.
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. An attendance page has been added to our school website and an attendance policy has been published. Attendance is emphasised with classes being awarded with the Attendance Bear (Be Here Bear) on a weekly basis. 100% certificates are awarded to pupils with 100% Attendance at the end of each term.
The head of School, designated safeguarding lead and administration officer monitor attendance on a regular basis. Where attendance is causing concern, parents are contacted via letters and/or a meeting is arranged with the designated safeguarding lead.
Where attendance is below 95%, this is dealt with on an individual basis and Educational Welfare Services are advised when necessary
Equality objective 4:
To review levels of parental engagement in learning and Federation life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement.
You can download a copy of our Equality Policy here: