Bishop Martin CE Primary School is an inclusive school. We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith, religion or socio-economic group and recognising the protected characteristics in the Equality Act. Working in partnership with parents, we provide a happy, stimulating environment rooted in Christian values. All are cared for and nurtured spiritually, morally, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.
Please click on the link below to read our:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
Equal Opportunities Plan
Other policies are under Key Information – Policies on our website.
Under the Equality Act 2010, we welcome our general duty to
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by The Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
We recognise our specific duties which aims to assist us to meet our general duty -
- To annually publish information on how we are complying with the Equality Duty including to publish information on our school population.
- To publish equality objectives every four years, which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities and reduce or remove them.
Our School Population
At Bishop Martin CE Primary School, we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here. Our school is a Church of England Primary School, however we welcome children from all backgrounds, abilities, races and religions.
Our school population evidences the inclusive nature of our school.
Our school has 207 pupils on roll in December 2023
Gender - Boys = 96 Girls = 113
Ethnicities – White British, Chinese, Indian, White, White and Black African, White and Asian and Black African, Greek.
Languages spoken at home – English, Turkish, Chinese, Serbian (Croatian, Bosnian), Igbo, Greek, Tamil, Thai and Russian
Religion and beliefs – Although the majority of our children are from a Church of England or Methodist background (49%) , we also have pupils who are Catholic, Christian, and others identified as other or no Religious beliefs.
SEND – Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and ADHD.
Pupil Premium – 10% of school population
Our actions to meet our Equality Duty - 2023-24
Each year, we evaluate what we have achieved against the Equality Act general duty to –
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Achieved Bronze in Christian Aid Global Neighbours
- Achieved Silver in Rights Respecting Schools Award
- Achieved Silver in Anti-Bullying Award
- Reviewed and updated
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- RE curriculum revised - continue to celebrate various religious differences to challenge issues of prejudice and intolerance.
- Children visited various places of worship in the year including visits to a Hindu Temple, the Anglican Cathedral, Sikh Temple, Buddhist meditation and a Mosque.
- Staff and Governor joint training on equality issues.
Advance equality of opportunity
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-23 formulated, identifying issues and actions to be taken to tackle disadvantage.
- Accessibility Plan updated for 2023-24 to improve access to the building, curriculum and information for disabled pupils and adults.
- Reviewed and updated
- Staff Pay Policy September 2023-24
Foster good relations
- Parent’s questionnaire highlighted the school as a socially, racially and religiously inclusive school. Parents noted that the school has strong links with Church and also demonstrates a wider understanding of different faiths and cultures. “Children feel part of something special – a family”
- SEND Parent meetings are held throughout the school year and all parents have access to workshops held which offer SEND support.
- Coffee morning held throughout the year which provide support for families.
We have agreed on the following Equality Objectives for 2023-24:
To embed equality, diversity and inclusion into the curriculum and teaching & learning practices, so that all pupils can overcome barriers and achieve the highest standards of education.
- Ensure the use of interventions to improve provisions for pupils who have SEND.
- To further engage parents of children with SEND in their children's education.
Actions and timescales to achieve these objectives are detailed in our SEN School Improvement Plan and are regularly monitored and reviewed.