Identity, Diversity & Equality
At Rossett we have worked hard to establish a caring and cohesive community where difference is not ‘tolerated’ but celebrated. We are really proud of our successful work to tackle homophobia and other forms of discrimination. We have secured a safe and caring environment which promotes students’ achievements, confidence and self-esteem. We encourage a wide range of activities which promote effective PSHE and citizenship education and are especially pleased to have been granted the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Award – the only school on North Yorkshire to have done so.
Please click here to read Rossett’s Equality Diversity Policy.
The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard was developed in partnership between Education Leeds, the Leeds City Council and Black and Minority community representatives, in response to the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the MacPherson Inquiry Report. Launched in 2003, the Standard evolved from a competitive award established in 2000 and was the first of its kind in the country. It aims to promote equality in its broadest sense among young people, and to recognise good practice in schools. Rossett School was chosen as a pilot school for the Award in North Yorkshire; we have an excellent reputation in the county for inclusive practice, and are recognised as a school with an ethos that reflects equality in its broadest sense.
We were delighted to learn in June 2011 that we had achieved the Stephen Lawrence Award at Level 2.
The ‘Champion’ Stonewall schools provide support to tackle Homophobia and Homophobic bullying thereby promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people. Their aim is to promote equality among young people and to recognise good practice in schools.
Rossett School was chosen as the first ‘Champion’ school in North Yorkshire because we have an excellent reputation in the county for inclusive practice and are recognised as a school with an ethos that reflects equality in its broadest sense.
- Undertaken whole school staff training on Homophobic Bullying and Transgender Re-alignment.
- Completed the Stonewall audit to show good practise.
- Held year group assemblies on homophobia in general and at Rossett School in particular.
- Received a visit from Sir Ian McKellen (15 Dec 2010) – who met with the Student Council, a range of other students and staff, was a ‘guest’ in a Philosophy GCSE lesson and addressed the whole school in an assembly that will stay in the memory of all those present for many years.
- Established a group of Stonewall ‘leaders’ at Rossett made up of Mr G Davies, Mrs A-M Phelps, Mr S Holmes, Mr K Kehoe and Miss S Gibson.
- Shared good practice with other schools in the following key areas identified by Stonewall – eliminating discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in school and the wider community.
- Actively challenged homophobic bullying and in doing so have protected those that may have otherwise been subjected to it.
- Actively displayed materials in school to promote the diverse society in which we live.