Equalities and Community Cohesion
Bledlow Ridge School's approach to equality is based on our school values. They underpin our teaching and learning and provide an environment which prepare our pupils to be confident and happy citizens.
RESPECT - Everyone Treats our Environment with respect and appreciates the cultures, beliefs and views of one another.
HEALTH - Everyone has the skills and tools to maintain a healthy balance of their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
CURIOSITY - Everyone is open to learning new things about themselves, all that surrounds them and how the two fit together.
EMPATHY– Everyone is kind, caring and considerate of the feelings of one another.
CONFIDENCE – Everyone believes in themselves, stands up for what is right and has the confidence to reflect and learn from their actions.
RESILIENCE - Everyone keeps trying to better themselves, even when things are difficult or when we make mistakes.
Our pupils exhibit outstanding standards of behaviour and tolerance towards others. In a recent parental survey (2022) parents commented:
“Good ethos. Children are polite and well behaved. Good support from parents. Small school where all children know each other fosters good relationships between all year groups.”
In a recent pupil survey 99% of pupils agreed or strongly agreed that Bledlow Ridge School encourages children to respect people from other backgrounds and to treat everyone equally.
In the October 2022 parent survey, a parents commented that strengths of the school include:
“The community feel, the values and the way in which children are encouraged to embody them and the leadership.”
“The safe and supportive environment where pupils are happy."
Teaching of the Protected Characteristics
It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people.
The Equality Act 2010, identifies the ‘protected characteristics’ as:
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief
At Bledlow Ridge School, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to:
eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation
advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life. We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes by creating an environment which champions respect for all. We believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected by all those who teach, learn and visit us.
Equality in Admissions
Our admissions arrangements are fair and transparent and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, belief, disability and/or socio-economic background.
Equal Opportunities for Staff
All staff appointments and promotions are made on the basis of merit and ability and in compliance with the law. We are keen to ensure that the staffing of the school reflects the diversity of our community.