Black Lives Matter

Statement

The brutal killing of George Floyd and the many acts of racist violence highlighted by protesters in the US, UK and globally has sparked the need for all of society to re-examine and reflect on current practice. The recent events have acted as a catalyst in enabling us to reflect on our organisation which is always a positive thing and should form part of any policy making. We stand against racism and continue to work towards embodying non-discrimination and equality.

As a Catholic School, we are unswerving in recognising each individual as a unique part of God's creation and respect the human dignity of all members of the community; we absolutely do not tolerate racism or social prejudice. We understand that we have a responsibility to tackle any issues of prejudice that may arise and we take this seriously.

We have a diverse cohort and welcome children of all faiths and strive to promote equality. Our recent Denominational Inspection report made reference to ‘pupils feel safe, secure and happy in a family environment where each person is welcomed, valued, respected and cared for’. We commit to working together to ensure that this continues, regardless of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in our workplace.

We hope that we can learn together, and ensure all members of our community feel confident and bold enough to challenge racism by holding ourselves and others accountable. Our Values of Respect and Responsibility, Trust and Justice demand this. We will continually reflect on our own behaviour and actions to ensure Bishop Challoner has a positive role to play in this journey.

Pastoral support at Bishop Challoner remains strong and every child is treated as an individual in a caring and nurturing environment.

We will continue to ensure that equality and diversity is fundamental and continues to be a key part in the learning of the children. References to the bible reinforce our Catholic Christian Values, 'Treat others how you wish to be treated' (Matthew 7:12) and ‘Love they neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31).

We pride ourselves in open communication and we are always willing to listen to our school community, welcoming the views of all.   We are committed to working with our school community to help drive this change and to be aware of, and combat racism in all its forms within society.

Any suggestions or ideas from the school community that one might have are very welcome. We want every pupil in our school to feel equally valued, respected, protected, supported and cared for.


P. Anderson

Headteacher