Widcombe CofE Junior School

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Inclusion and Equality

    In April 2017, the school’s Quality Mark (IQM) was renewed in recognition of the excellent work that the school does to ensure that all pupils, no matter what their abilities or needs, are provided with a quality, enriched education and have an equal opportunity to access this provision, enabling all pupils to realise their full potential.

    We welcome every child to this school who can benefit from the education we provide, consistent with the school’s Admissions Policy. Our school site is level and ramped and is fully accessible for pupils, parents and other visitors. All pupils, staff and visitors are encouraged to respect each other; this positive commitment is supported through the school’s Single Equality Scheme, staff training and our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Curriculum for pupils. We recognise that each individual case is different and there can be a wide spectrum of needs.

    Copies of our Special Educational Needs Policy, Accessibility Plan, Gifted and Talented Policy, Single Equality Scheme are available from the school office and through the policies page of this website. Please do not hesitate to contact the school with individual enquiries.

    Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Provision

    At Widcombe Junior School, we strive to support all our children and enable them to reach their full potential at school. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. Please see the document below for details of the school's SEND provision offer.

    Single Equality Scheme

    Widcombe Junior School welcomes its responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity and outcomes for the different groups of people who are part of its community. We have a Single Equality Scheme (SES) which brings together the school’s approach for promoting equality in our policies and procedures and, most importantly in our day-to-day practices and interactions with the whole school community. The SES reviews and draws together information, issues and potential areas for improvement.

    Our scheme includes our whole school – pupils, staff, governors, parents and carers and all those within our extended school community, such as neighbouring schools and learning organisations. We acknowledge that it is very important for us all to work together in achieving our aim of being fully inclusive and accessible, and ultimately in providing a quality learning experience for all the children at Widcombe Junior School.

    Children are encouraged to work together, developing their independence and care of others. We recognise that being able to work as part of a team, to listen to others points of view and to express your own, are essential life skills. All children take part in regular PSHE lessons/circle time and through discussion start to understand that with rights come responsibilities.

    The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils or treat them less favourably because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy or maternity.

    Widcombe CofE Junior School is committed to providing a working environment free from discrimination, victimisation, and harassment. We also aim to recruit an appropriately qualified workforce and governing body that is representative of all sections of the community in order to provide a service that respects and responds to the diverse needs of our local population.