Equality and Diversity

Benenden enjoys a diverse community of both students and staff and this very diversity is one of the School’s greatest strengths. In order to consolidate and build upon this diversity, it is essential that equality of opportunity and the absence of unfair discrimination be at the heart of all the School’s activities and policies.

We recognise the link between equality and quality and will not unfairly discriminate in the recruitment or general treatment of staff or pupils on the basis of any factor which is not relevant to academic achievement. To be clear, we do not tolerate any form of unlawful or unfair discrimination which could include, but is not limited to, age, race (which includes colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, trade union membership, disability, pregnancy or maternity, political views, religious or similar philosophical beliefs or because someone is married or in a civil partnership. We aim to ensure equal treatment for all.

Benenden School is committed to securing equality of opportunity through the creation of an environment in which individuals are treated solely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

The School is committed to promoting and developing equality of opportunity in all its functions and will seek to do this by:

  • communicating its commitment to equality and diversity to all members of the school community through Prayers talks and whole-school celebrations of cultural events
  • encouraging student-led initiatives like PRISM, the gay-straight alliance, run by the Sixth Form
  • holding regular Equality and Diversity committee meetings, meetings in which staff and pupils exchange ideas regarding the school’s provision in this regard
  • communicating where responsibility lies for equality issues
  • providing training for decision-makers and briefings for staff and pupils.
  • maintaining its status as a Stonewall Champion School
  • maintaining mechanisms for implementation, monitoring, auditing and review
  • treating acts of discrimination as a disciplinary offence