Finding strength, hope and inspiration in our difference
St Marylebone has a commitment to all members of our diverse school community that they feel valued, heard and understood. We aim to foster young people’s ability to express and learn about their own identity and that of others, and how they can contribute positively to an inclusive and diverse community. We work through
difficulties to help each member of our community feel part of this. We learn about and celebrate the things that make us different and the things that unite us.
We have a vision for a world in which equality, diversity and inclusion are integral to who we are as individuals and as part of the greater whole. We take an active, reflective, informed and collaborative approach in trying to live out this vision, in line with our Church of England ethos. This extends to disability, age, sex, gender, belief, race, sexual orientation.
Some examples of how St Marylebone students actively contribute to this work are:
Realising this vision is a challenge which we are embracing. We know there is no quick fix to ending inequality in society and that change takes time. But we take very seriously the crucial role that education plays. This is why our work engages students and staff in deep self-reflection, informed discussion, review of curriculum and policy, training and behaviour change. We take responsibility for our mistakes, find positive and effective ways to channel our concerns, and strive always to listen and do better.
Further steps we have taken and plan to take, to ensure this is a part of our mission:
- Training for all staff, SLT and the Governing Body
- Reviewing our systems, policies and practices to ensure they reflect and promote equality, inclusion and diversity
- Reviewing our curriculum to ensure content and practice addresses equality, inclusion and diversity, as appropriate to subjects
- Supporting mental health and well-being
- Diversity and Inclusion advisory staff working group, developing staff’s skills in inclusive practices and language
- Building awareness of the experiences of under-represented groups in our community
- Promoting achievement of role-models from under-represented groups
- Using staff and student surveys to identify concerns or patterns
- Ensuring our response to micro-aggression, discrimination or any forms of prejudice is effective and explicit
- Learning about and celebrating all protected characteristics across the School