Equality and Diversity

As a school we embrace diversity and are strongly committed to the promotion of diversity and equality for staff, students and all visitors to the school. Full details of our Equality Policy can be found in our School Policies section. 

The Oaks Academy strives to be inclusive and is committed to building a caring community by ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all of its members, irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion or faith or socio-economic status. We recognise that we are part of an increasingly diverse society and believe it is important to actively promote equality and diversity so that our young people understand and celebrate the richness that derives from spending time with people from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This will help to prepare them for adult life in a multicultural, multilingual Europe that is interdependent with the rest of the world. 

In promoting equality and diversity, we wish to eliminate harassment, direct or indirect discrimination and bullying or victimisation for any reason, but particularly of sex, race, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief. These values have been both accepted and adopted by our students, many of whom themselves seek to raise awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding inequality or intolerance. 

At the Academy, our pupils are leading on important and relevant matters; we have a Safeguarding and Anti Bullying committee of young people who meet regularly with a focus on improving the lived experiences of the 21st century child. They have produced their own versions of the Safeguarding and Anti Bullying policies, and are empowered and passionate to be the change they want to see in the world. We also have a politics club and an LGBTQ club which are both well attended, and the young people have pledged to always act with kindness and acceptance to others. Furthermore, form time is utilised as another opportunity to promote diversity and equality through relevant resources and structured conversations between staff and pupils. 

Ethos & Values  

Our ethos of ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve’ underpins our approach to education and young people and delivered through our three values:   

    • inspiring all children to meet and exceed their potential through high quality teaching and enrichment beyond the curriculum  
    • believing in themselves and contributing meaningfully to our community  
    • achieving academic excellence through a supportive environment and challenging curriculum