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Newcomen Primary School


At Newcomen Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, gender identity, disability, faith, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background.

We are determined to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.

We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.

At Newcomen Primary School we believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.

The Public Sector Equality Duty and Supporting Specific Duties

The Act introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) made up of the general duty and the supporting specific duties. The PSED applies to public bodies, including all schools and academies but not independent schools.

The general duty is contained in S149 of The Act and requires schools, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to:-

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act,
  • Advance equality of opportunity between those who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics

Having due regard means that the Governing Board and the school’s leadership team must ensure that whenever significant decisions are being made or policies developed, thought will be given to equality considerations. Equality will not just be and afterthought and will never be just a matter of ticking boxes. Decisions and actions will be made with an open mind and an assessment will always be made as to whether a particular decision or action may have implications for people with particular protected characteristics.

  • The first aim of the PSED applies to all the protected characteristics.
  • The second and third aims apply to all the protected characteristics except marriage and civil partnership. The protected characteristics of age and marriage and civil partnership do not apply to pupils.

Specific equality duties are detailed in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 201. In order to comply with their specific duties, schools are required to:-

  • Publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with their general duty:
  • Prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives:
  • Publish gender pay gap information if they employ 250 or more employees.

Our Equality Objectives are:

  • To ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential.
  • To identify barriers to learning and close any gaps in achievement.
  • To promote a deep awareness, understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our local, national and global communities.

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.