Bramingham Primary has become the first school in Luton to achieve a prestigious national award in recognition for its commitment to equality.
Like all public bodies, schools and academies have a statutory duty to challenge inequality, foster good relations and tackle discrimination against individuals and groups irrespective of gender, disability and ethnicity.
The EQualities Award pays tribute to those 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 school’s policies and practice and supplied evidence which was independently assessed and verified.
The award was presented by Dr Chris Derrington, director of the EQualities Award, who said: “In our view, Bramingham Primary is a very worthy champion of equality. The evidence demonstrates very clearly that staff and governors work relentlessly to promote equality and a strong culture of inclusion is embedded in all aspects of school development.
“This is a school that believes diversity is a strength, to be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit there. A determined commitment to challenge and overcome inequality ensures that all children achieve well, regardless of their background or circumstances.”
The award was presented to headteacher Sharon Flowers and teacher Barbara Robinson. Mrs Flowers said: “We wanted Mrs Robinson to be part of this presentation as she has worked hard collecting the information necessary to show that we are worthy of the award. We are, and always have been EQuality champions - the process needed somebody who could prove this for us.
“We knew we would not need to do anything differently to gain the award, but proving it meant collating all the evidence over a period of time and submitting it to be assessed. I am extremely proud of everyone involved - our children, parents and staff.”