Equality & Diversity
Our core mission explicitly states our commitment to be open, inclusive, equitable and fair. The Gryphon School seeks to be:
- at the heart of the community and providing an outstanding education for all the learners in the Sherborne area
- a high achieving school where students fulfil their potential and more
- focused on the quality of learning and teaching; to inspire, innovate and enjoy learning
- inclusive, supportive and a caring Church of England school where positive relationships flourish
- a school where students are fully involved and proud
We have an Equal Opportunities Group which meets half termly and includes staff, parents and students. This has been existence for over 4 years and it monitors all aspects of equality, opportunity and diversity.
The School’s Equal Opportunities Policy is available in the Policies section of the website. We also publish a series of equality objectives setting out clearly what we are going to do in our Equal Opportunities Action Plan. The latest School Accessibility Plan is currently under review.
The Equality Act 2010 places a general duty on the school to:
1. eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
2. advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not by:
- removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic they have taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic
- encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities;
3. foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it. Schools need to consider how they tackle prejudice and promote understanding through:
- the curriculum
- community cohesion
- anti-bullying policies
The School’s outstanding reputation is built on our belief that each individual matters. The safety and care of our students is excellent. Relationships are positive and respectful. The school is a strong advocate of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools which promotes both rights and responsibilities.
Public Sector Equality Duty
As part of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), the school will publish information on how we are performing and on what we are doing to meet the requirements of the PSED. This information will contain a breakdown of data in relation to the age, disability, race and gender of staff and students except where these are such low numbers that individuals could be identified.
In full there are eight protected characteristics covered by the Public Sector Equality Duty. These are Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex, Sexual orientation. It is unlawful to discriminate because of any of these characteristics.PSED Evaluation 2014 Accessibility Plan 2014-2017
Gold Award for LGBT+ inclusion in the school community
The Gryphon School has been given a Gold Award for LGBT+ inclusion in the school community. It follows the School’s work with Educate & Celebrate’s five point Best Practice Programme. The aim of the programme is to make as many schools as possible LGBT+ friendly by including LGBT+ role models in lessons, discussing LGBT+ issues openly and supporting students who identify as LGBT+. The 2010 Equality Act should ensure that those who do identify as LGBT+ are treated equally and fairly, unfortunately this is not always the case, so by educating young people and celebrating our diversity within school we are hoping to challenge discrimination. Even though the school has only been working with Educate & Celebrate for a year, we are delighted to have achieved Best Practice Status as well as winning the Gold Award.