Turing House School seeks to foster a warm, welcoming and respectful culture which allows us all to question and challenge discrimination and inequality, resolve conflicts peacefully, promote equality and work and learn in a safe environment.
To find out more about our school approach to equality please read our Equality Policy.
Equality Information and objectives
1. Contextual information
Turing House School opened in September 2015. We admitted 100 students in Year 7 split into four tutor groups and a further 125 in September 2016. There are more boys than girls in each year group - this is similar to all other co-educational schools in the area and results from the intake of girls to Waldegrave School.
2. Fostering good relations information
Fostering good relations is important to Turing House and we survey our students to establish how well we do this in terms of how safe they feel at school and how well they feel we help them get on with others.
2017 Survey Results:
||Strongly agree or agree
|I enjoy school
|My school helps me to be healthy
|I feel safe when I am at school
|I learn a lot in lessons
|Behaviour is good at my school
|Adults care about me
|Teachers are interested in my views
|I know how well I am doing at school
|Adults explain to me how to improve my work
|My school helps me prepare for the future
|The headteacher and senior staff do a good job
You can read more about our approach to fostering good relations in the following policies; Attendance; Behaviour; Anti-Bullying; Curriculum; Extra-Curricular; Special Educational Needs; Sex and Relationships Education; Safeguarding.
We aim to foster good relations by:
- Providing annual staff training on at least one aspect of equality and diversity.
- Ensuring the whole school environment and curriculum reflects the diverse community within which we live. We aim for all students in our school to see themselves reflected in the stories we read, the assemblies we hold and in our displays and curriculum For example students have studied Human Rights in English & History, Immigration in Drama and World Religions and Ethics in Religion and Philosophy.
- Giving clear messages about expectations as part of school values; this includes regular assemblies e.g. in 2015/16: homophobia, homelessness, Holocaust, Brexit, hospices, overseas development, RNLI, Women In Science
- Constantly reviewing and developing the PSHE and SRE curriculum so that it provides opportunities to explore values and attitudes, understand similarities and differences and builds understanding of different groups and out own identities. This year we have planned the full 7 year SRE curriculum themes to fit with our PSHE programme. Topics include safety, CSE, FGM, Pornography and Sexting
- We use Community and Voluntary Sector visitors to enrich the curriculum. Please see our PSHE curriculum map which shows the learning by year group. For example this year we have been supported by TfL safer travel, St Marys with St Albans church, RNLI, Tear Fund and Shooting Star Chase children’s hospices.
- Charity work is led by students through our Student Council and also helps to foster good relations. As well as supporting Sport Relief the school also took part in Race for Life and raised funds for local charities. The choir practices regularly at Elleray Hall, a day centre for the elderly and supports its other activities.
- For students who struggle to understand the importance of respect for others we have a range of interventions including small groups work, counselling and discussions with the Police Neighbourhood Schools Officer.
Fostering good relations objective(s)
- As the school grows we will continue to review the PSHE and wider curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of students. In particular, we want to focus on challenging gender stereotypes and promoting responsible use of social media.
3 Eliminating discrimination information
We work in partnership with parents and carers, students and the whole school community to prevent all forms of bullying and prejudiced based behaviour and you can read more about our approach to bullying and eliminating discrimination in our Anti-Bullying Policy, Equality Policy and Sex and Relationship Education Policy.
All bullying and prejudiced based incidents are recorded. These records are used to inform the assembly programme and the PSHE education curriculum and to support and track individual students. Incidents are discussed during pastoral meetings and reported termly to governors meetings. The school will conduct its own Annual Student Voice Survey and regular Parental Voice Surveys. This data is analysed and used to measure impact and inform next steps. This data is reported back to the whole school community on an annual basis.
We actively encourage parents and carers to report any bullying and prejudiced based incidents to us.
Eliminating discrimination objective(s)
- To minimise the numbers of incidents of use of homophobic language
- To review the anti-bullying policy in consultation with the whole school community and in particular protected groups of students to ensure community engagement
4. Advance equality of opportunity information
Turing House School is completely committed to ensuring that all students make excellent academic progress. We review the progress of all students continually and collect formal progress data six times per year. This data is routinely analysed to ensure that all groups of students are performing equally well across the curriculum.
Advance equality of opportunity objective(s)
- To ensure that student progress is consistently excellent across vulnerable groups.