At Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) we believe equality means treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, valuing their characteristics such as their age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances.

We will work with all our partners, staff, students, parents/carers to challenge discriminatory barriers which limit what people can do and can be.

We will ensure that every student, irrespective of the protected characteristics, is able to achieve high standards and that strategies are in place to tackle under–achievement. We will ensure that every student has access to the necessary support required to enable them to achieve their highest potential. We will ensure that the school’s procedures for disciplining students and managing behaviour are fair, effective and equitable.

Our intention is to ensure that the adults working in the school include as much as possible a balanced representation of the local and wider community. We believe that this will provide good role models for students from all backgrounds.

We will comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which establishes in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, that public authorities are required to pay due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation that are prohibited by the Equality Act; and
  • Advance equality of opportunity; and
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

BRGS is committed to promoting an ethos that safeguards the dignity and well being of everyone and encourages practices that take into account the rights of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment and victimisation directed at anyone related to a protected characteristic.

This Single Equality Policy incorporates our commitment and actions regarding the protected characteristics.  It demonstrates our commitment to addressing them in our decision making and the delivery of education.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all students, staff and other users of our services so they can have equal access to all our school and its services. The policy is a statement of our commitment.

We will continue to review our policies, practices and procedures so that they do not adversely affect anyone due to a protected characteristic.  By also building this into our curriculum, working and procurement processes we will expect others to do the same.

Equality Objectives 2021-2025

Our Equality Objectives are based on analysis of a variety of data including:

  • Behaviour data
  • Achievement data at GCSE and A-level
  • Destinations of students at post-16 and post-18 level
  • Workforce analysis.

Our objectives are:

  • To continue to explore ways to incentivise positive behaviour and engagement among boys
  • To raise attainment of boys in identified GCSE subjects and reduce the gap between the Progress 8 scores of boys and girls.
  • To further develop advice and guidance post-16 to ensure that all students have clear information regarding options including higher level apprenticeships
  • To further develop advice and guidance regarding UCAS choices and clearing to ensure that all students are making appropriately informed choices
  • To further develop ways to celebrate diversity across the school community.

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