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Anti-Racism - A Message of Solidarity
Dear Parents and Carers
Harris Boys’ pupils, staff and parents of all backgrounds have been moved by the horrifying murder of George Floyd in the US. This has led to a global outcry, with protests around the world.
Previously hidden and often undiscussed issues around racism in the UK have been brought into the mainstream. Because of this, just as we have been saddened, we are also hopeful that the outcry will lead to change. As an Academy, we wish to acknowledge what is happening and express our solidarity with our black families and staff who are currently feeling pain and distress.
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"We are all equal all of the time"
Our academy vision states that everyone succeeds and achieves their potential regardless of any personal characteristics; that we are all equal all of the time and treat people with the respect they deserve.
At Harris Boys’ we tackle discrimination and prejudice of any form through education. We want our students to be empowered to be themselves through our active citizenship programme.
The key character traits that we want to nurture are Respect, Resilience, Curiosity, Confidence and Ambition. A fundamental part of developing these character traits is contextualising our curriculum so that our students are rightly informed about the world they live in and the inequality that has shaped our past and present. Our aim for our students is to be equipped with the skills, knowledge and mindset to contribute to and transform for the better the society that we live in.
Addressing injustice and inequality through education
The national statistics show that black boys make negative progress between Years 7 and 11, ending up, on average, with worse outcomes than they should have done given their starting points. At Harris Boys’, not only do black boys make positive progress (with a Progress 8 score of +0.7), they also make better progress than all pupils nationally.
Over the last few weeks we have been engaging with our students through our online learning programme to discuss the events and listen to their voice. Our staff are also discussing the recent events and looking at what we can do as an educational community.
We will continue to evaluate, and challenge our practices to continue to enhance our provision so that we can continue to improve life chances for all our students. I would also like to hear suggestion from parents about what you would like us to do moving forward. If you would like to make a suggestion or comment please do so via email to email@example.com.
At what has been a truly challenging and testing moment in history for pupils and staff, we hope that some good may emerge. I would like to thank our pupils, staff and families for everything they are doing to share and listen. Harris Boys’ will to continue to play our part in addressing injustice and inequality through education.
Peter Groves, Principal