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At Harpenden Academy we value and appreciate the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances and we expect that discrimination is understood by all members of the community to be completely unacceptable.
We understand that this applies to all aspects of school life which are to do with how the school treats its students and prospective and former students and their parents and carers; how it treats its employees; how it treats members of the local community. Further, we will not discriminate because of the characteristics of another person, such as a parent or partner, with whom they are associated.
We actively seek to understand and promote equality in the context of our wider community, and we refer to local and national contexts when we review what we do. We also seek views from our students, partner schools and agencies, parents and carers, staff and groups in our local community, and we publish our equality objectives as part of our Equality and Diversity Policy, copies of which are available via the school office. It includes specific, measurable, equality objectives and we ensure these are updated at least every four years.
This policy reflects our Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010 and extends to the protected characteristics it defines. These are race and ethnicity; disability; sex; religion or belief; sexual orientation; pregnancy and maternity; and gender identity and reassignment. Our approach to equality and diversity means we may, from time to time, extend our focus to encompass other vulnerable groups we have identified, such as sick students; and young carers.
We welcome feedback and questions about our approach to equality and diversity and our work in the community. You can get in touch with us directly or via the contact us page on our website.
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