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Equality Duty

In line with the Equality Act 2010, Monks Orchard Primary School is committed to equality of opportunities for all pupils, staff and governors and will work to the principles of equal opportunities throughout all its activities. We believe that everyone in our school is of equal value and should be treated fairly. In order to achieve this, we aim to provide an education and school experience which is free from discrimination on the grounds of race, ability, religion, gender and sexual orientation.

We are committed to challenging and preventing discrimination, whether it occurs directly or indirectly. We treat each other equally, with dignity and respect, and seek to promote equality at all times.

We actively promote positive values and attitudes regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and disability within the school and wider community.

At Monks Orchard:

  • Teachers plan and adapt learning experiences which meet the needs of all pupils and which enable all pupils to reach their full potential.
  • Children are given the necessary additional resources (human and material) to meet their needs, including Gifted and Talented (G&T) and pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
  • Staff run extra curriculum programmes which meet the needs of a range of pupils and which support the taught curriculum, including booster classes etc.
  • Data, including attainment and attendance is monitored by ability, gender and ethnicity.
  • Staff ensure that all efforts are made to make the school site physically accessible to adults and children.
  • Staff liaise with other agencies including health services, social services, speech therapy etc. to meet the needs of pupils with disabilities.
  • Senior staff ensure that training opportunities exist for all staff.
  • Staff ensure that all school policies and Religious Education plans take account of the needs of the different religious groups.
  • Staff ensure that school resources, including displays, books and posters, positively reflect the school’s diversity.
  • Staff ensure that we accept and support religious practices when they impinge on school life e.g. acknowledge the needs of pupils who are fasting; authorise absence due to religious festivals
  • Staff are proactive in encouraging parents into school, not only to support their child’s needs but parents are also encouraged to join social groups at school or improve their own career chances through additional training.

FACT Academy Committee will:

  1. Take specific action to address any differences between groups with "protected characteristics"* in their attainment and progress and in the use of disciplinary measures against them.
  2. Maintain positive staff morale and performance by giving all groups the opportunity and support to develop their skills and knowledge.
  3. Take specific action to encourage parents to be active participants in their children’s education.
  4. Promote a positive, inclusive environment, based on respect for people’s differences and show commitment to challenging and preventing racism and discrimination.

* The Equality Act 2010 classifies "protected characteristics" as: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Gender and Ethnicity of the current Academy Committee

Ethnicity Male Female
White British 3 6
Black African 1 1
Any other Asian background 1 0

Gender and ethnicity of teachers:

Ethnicity Male Female
Black British/ Black Caribbean 0 5
White British 0 3
Any other Ethnic background 0 3

SATs Results

Pupils are encouraged to join as many after school clubs as possible.
There are plenty to choose from including:

  •  Football
  •  Spanish
  •  Netball
  •  Cross country
  •  Dance
  •  Steel band
  •  Maths club
  •  Homework club
  • Tag Rugby
  • Archery
  • Chess
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Lego
  • Multisports
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Our Inclusion Team are there to support all pupils and their families. The team consists of:

  • SPIL counselling
  • Mentors
  • EAL team
  • Breakfast and After School Club Coordinators
  • Speech and Language TAs
  • SENCo

Every two years all members of our school community are given a questionnaire, here are some of the results:

94% of parents say their child is happy at school

91% of parents say their child makes good progress at school

92% of children say they feel safe at school

91% of children feel that if they are worried there are people they can talk to

Click the link below to view a list of school policies:

School Policies

monks Orchard Equality Objectives 2023 - 2024

1.To monitor and analyse pupil progress and achievement by race, gender, disability and eligibility for Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), and to act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support or interventions.

2. Accelerate the progress of PPG pupils with multiple vulnerabilities, who are working below Age Related Expectations (ARE), to reduce the gap between these children and non-PPG children and ensure that a greater number are at ARE.

3. Target parents/carers of PPG children with multiple vulnerabilities for additional support. Ensure pupil targets and progress are shared at parent/carer meetings, and regularly throughout the year. Set up and invite these parents to specific coffee mornings/workshops and encourage them to volunteer in the school (reading, Lexia, etc.).

    Monks Orchard Primary School

    The Glade, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 7UF
    020 8654 2570