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The James Hornsby School


Equality Statement

The James Hornsby School recognises, and takes very seriously, our public sector equality duty to have due regard to:

a) Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010

b) Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

c) Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

The James Hornsby School is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all members of its family. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment.

Equality Objectives

Objective 1

Link to School Improvement Plan:

6.0 The school has a positive and respectful culture where bullying, peer-on-peer abuse or discrimination are not tolerated.

6.2 Pastoral support across the school is a priority to enrich a positive and inclusive school. PSHE, Anti-bullying, Cultural Capital, Equality& Diversity and safeguarding leads play a significant part in developing this culture.

Undertake an analysis of the wellbeing of students in the LGBTQ+ community to inform plans to support their mental health and reduce incidence of self-harm.

Why we have chosen this objective: there has been a significant increase in students identifying as part of this community and statistics testify that 70% of LGB students have thought about taking their own life and 84% of trans young people have deliberately harmed themselves.

To achieve this objective we plan to: undertake a wellbeing survey through Edukit Insight for the whole school and then analyse data for the students with protected characteristics. In addition supported by the Youth Service Basildon LGBTQ+ Support group, we will establish a support group in school to meet weekly to look at the results and plan together actions to promote wellbeing and tackle the issues that are presenting as barriers to this.

Objective 2

Link to School Improvement Plan:

4.3 The school has a high profile focus on the importance of attendance and this ensure that attendance is high and PA is low, and the difference between groups is closing.

Attendance and PA is above NA (96%/ 14% PA) with significant improvement in key groups (PP, EHCP, Boys)

The attendance of EHCP students will improve year on year to meet or exceed the national average for this group.

Why we have chosen this objective: this group of students has the lowest attendance of students with SEN and it is imperative that they are able to consistently access plans to support their development by attending school regularly.

To achieve this objective we plan to: analyse attendance data with pastoral and SEN staff and create a personalized attendance plan for each student with an EHCP. We will include attendance data, patterns and identification of barriers as part of every EHCP review.

Objective 3

Link to School Improvement Plan:

10.1 Staff undertake regular training updates and awareness is high with regards to safeguarding issues. The school maintains a highly vigilant culture and one where all stakeholders feel confident in reporting concerns.

Train all members of staff and governors involved in recruitment and selection on equal opportunities and non-discrimination by the beginning of the next academic year. Training evaluation data will show that 100% of those attending have a good understanding of the legal requirements.

Why we have chosen this objective: there has not been recent, specific training regarding this.

To achieve this objective we plan to: schedule the training and agree the content with AHT CPD.

Objective 4

Link to School Improvement Plan:

2.1 Ensure a rigorous approach to target setting, utilising FFT20 as the schools aspirational targets.

3.3 Disadvantaged strategy is robust and ensures barriers at all levels are removed to enable learners to be successful. (Subject and pastoral barriers). Including effective parental engagement and communication strategies


PP boys in year 11 to match or exceed the targets from 2019.

Why we have chosen this objective: PP boys are the group whose underachievement is a cause for concern.

To achieve this objective we plan to: this group feature in PMR targets for Lead Practitioners to ensure a consistent and robust approach to identifying activities and approaches for them