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Posted on September 26th 2014

Harris Boys' wins EQualities Award


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Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich has become the first academy in the Harris Federation to achieve the prestigious EQualities Award, a national scheme aimed at all schools who want to demonstrate their commitment to equality.

To achieve the award our Academy had to undergo a rigorous audit to show how we were putting our commitment to equality into action.

High expectations

"We're proud to have achieved this award, which recognises the success of our approach and our commitment to equality," said Principal Chris Everitt. "When a student comes to our Academy we have the same high expectations of everyone regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, religious belief or sexual identity."

Like all public bodies, schools and academies have a statutory duty under the Equality Act 2010 to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations and tackle discrimination against individuals and groups irrespective of gender, disability and ethnicity. The EQualities Award pays tribute to those schools and academies that go the extra mile to become equalities champions. To gain the award, which is recognised by Ofsted, staff and governors undertook a thorough review of the academy’s policies and practice and supplied a wide range of evidence for external assessment.

"Excellent portfolio of compelling evidence"

Director of the EQualities Award, Dr Chris Derrington said: "The staff and governors at Harris Boys’ Academy conducted a rigorous self-evaluation and have produced an excellent portfolio of compelling evidence of which they should be justifiably proud. The school has demonstrated how it actively promotes positive attitudes towards disability, ethnicity and gender equality which helps to challenge stereotypes and raise aspirations for all its students. This achievement underlines a genuine commitment and determination to uphold important core values, extend opportunities and challenge inequality in all its forms."

Further details about the award can be found at www.equalitiesaward.co.uk