Equal Opportunities

Primley Wood is an inclusive school where children and families are welcomed from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds. We believe that different cultures, talents and life experiences bring richness and vibrancy to school life and help to create an environment that supports us all in learning from each other.

We take seriously our duty to oppose all forms of discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people of all backgrounds. This duty is set out in the Equality Act of 2010, which covers sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy or maternity.

At Primley Wood we are committed to ensuring that:

  • All learners are of equal value
  • We respect and celebrate difference
  • We combat discrimination whenever it occurs and promote equal opportunities across the organisation
  • We provide training and guidance to all staff and challenge stereotypical and ill-informed views
  • We foster positive attitudes and relationships, and shared send of cohesion and belonging
  • We observe good equalities practice in terms of staff recruitment, retention and personal development
  • We work hard to reduce and remove inequalities and any barriers that might exist
  • We consult and involve all our community widely in the change agenda and decision making
  • We design our curriculum and provision to meet the needs of our community
  • We review all our systems and procedures regularly to ensure equality of opportunity
  • We are sensitive and responsive to the needs of our community and are accessible at all times
  • We monitor and evaluate our performance against our objectives around ensuring equal opportunities

We believe that celebrating diversity benefits the whole of society and creates young people who recognise and are proud of the similarities and differences between us all.

Our Equal Opportunities Objectives

Our Objectives are set by the Trustees and Senior Leadership Team. They are reviewed annually and reported on to show our continual improvement against our Objectives.

Be ready. Be respectful. Be safe.

Introduce new School Rules which the children will be able to clearly understand and demonstrate throughout their days at School.

Plan for 2020 to 2021 Academic Year

  • Introduce all our new starters to our School Rules
  • Introduction of a House system to further instill pride in our work at school
  • Use of Rules throughout lockdown periods to maintain continuity

What we did in 2019 to 2020 Academic Year

  • New School Rules now in place and on display throughout our communication channels
  • Children and parents have embraced the new Rules and actions, understanding what they mean and how they can be demonstrated
  • We will continue to link back everything we do to our new Rules and report back next academic year

2018 to 2019 Academic Year

  • Research carried out to establish rules that would fit with our values and ethos whilst serving us well as we move forward into the future

Read more about our Rules…

Say ‘no’ to bullying!

We maintain a culture of zero tolerance to bullying. This is monitored through day-to-day contact with children, one-to-one and group conversation time, incident registers and safeguarding procedures.  

Plan for 2020 to 2021 Academic Year

  • Introduction of CPOMS to further assist safeguarding work in school
  • Increased awareness building of online safety throughout lockdown working at home periods
  • School Therapy dog to join the team
  • Mental health training for all teaching staff

What we did in 2019 to 2020 Academic Year

  • Launch of new PSHE Curriculum
  • Anti-bullying week including KS2 Playground Ambassadors relaunch
  • Usual best-practice school safeguarding procedures in place
  • Assembly on ‘name calling’ and ‘inappropriate language’ presented by our local community policing team

2018 to 2019 Academic Year

  • Anti-bullying week including dedicated assembly and KS2 Playground Ambassadors assigned
  • Usual best-practice school safeguarding procedures in place

Visit our Policies and Safeguarding pages for more information

Ensuring access to extra-curricular activities

Through use of our Pupil Premium and Sports Funding, we will increase the number of children who are able to access clubs both in and outside of School hours.

Plan for 2020 to 2021 Academic Year

  • Competitions running throughout lockdown periods as well as daily PE challenges
  • Investment into free lunchtime clubs
  • Teachers to run after school clubs within Bubbles from Easter

What we did in 2019 to 2020 Academic Year

  • After-school club price set across all clubs to each club to ensure fairer access
  • Consultation with children on what clubs they would like and with parents to see which nights would best support them
  • Lunchtime clubs continue and are promoted internally and externally to families to increase already good participation
  • Recording of children we’re able to support into extra-curricular classes through parental engagement to set baseline data to make the Objective more measurable next year
  • Over £750 invested to support fair access to clubs

2018 to 2019 Academic Year

  • Creation of free lunchtime clubs, led by teaching assistants as well as teachers
  • Clubs delivered in dodgeball, drama, reading, board games, dance, parachute, mindfulness and mathletics
  • Four children assisted in to after-school clubs, funded by School

See more about how we use our funding.

Families for whom English is not their first language

To provide the additional services needed to support our families, whoever they are and wherever they come from by providing at least one way that supports each of the languages spoken within our School.

Plan for 2020 to 2021 Academic Year

  • Investment into English as a Foreign Language subscriptions
  • PTA working towards a family event in the summer
  • Increased use of picture language cards
  • Provide dedicated spaces on the website for non-English speakers

What we did in 2019 to 2020 Academic Year

  • Invite families for ‘coffee and catch up’ sessions where they can spend time with others who speak their language and can help them navigate any questions they have about school
  • Introduce new and joining families and children to existing pupils and parents who can help them to feel more comfortable in school and the local area
  • Increase non-English signs around the building
  • Punjabi classes to be provided by a parent volunteer, with termly English classes for parents

2018 to 2019 Academic Year

  • Assistance provided through introducing families to each other to overcome language barriers
  • Existing languages spoken in School by staff: English, Spanish, German, Punjabi, Portuguese, French

Our Community

To reach out to our local community through at least two engagement events a year which invite those who are part of our existing community but also those who have yet to join, into our School building.

Plan for 2020 to 2021 Academic Year

  • Awards for All application made to fund an outdoor learning area that will be accessible to others
  • Football field now in use every weekend by Yorkshire Amateurs
  • Increase number of community groups using our site
  • Work with Association of Blind Asians to bring back their Food Festival when restrictions are lifted

What we did in 2019 to 2020 Academic Year

  • Lockdown sadly restricted what we were able to do. We kept in touch with our community links through emails and social media
  • Slimming World and Rugbytots are now using our site for their regular events

2018 to 2019 Academic Year

  • Over the summer holidays some of our families used the building for a much-enjoyed ‘Oneness’ event which brought in over 100 delegates from across West Yorkshire
  • The Association of Blind Asians hosted their first Food Festival here which was a roaring success with over 400 people through the door and stall-holders booking ahead for the next event!
  • Sikh Alliance Yorkshire (SAY) held a Hate Crime event at School, which the School attended along with representatives from other associations across Leeds including local councilors, the police, the universities and organisations such as Leeds-based group Stop Hate UK

See more on our News and Community pages.

Fair recruitment and access to work

Monitor recruitment practices to ensure we are operating fairly, reaching out and advertising in the correct manner and providing additional assistance and access as required.

Plan for 2020 to 2021 Academic Year

  • Safer recruitment training completed by more members of staff
  • Increased number of student teacher places made available

What we did in 2019 to 2020 Academic Year

  • Review of diversity and gender balance on the Board of Trustees
  • Increased number of work experience places made available

2018 to 2019 Academic Year

  • Workforce is made up of 4 male employees and 17 female employees. The balance of role within the male/female split is equal as we have representation throughout all levels within the organisation
  • Within the above employed workforce, 9 are White British with the rest coming from a widely mixed range of ethnicities and backgrounds
  • We encourage work experience and volunteering. We were also supported by people across all age ranges and from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities

See more on our recruitment pages.