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Public Sector Equality Duty


Our Equality & Diversity Policy (below) describes the school's equality aims and outlines how these aims will be met. The policy has been updated to reflect the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and was ratified by the Education Committee (now Governance Committee) on 30th March 2016.  The policy was reviewed and updated in February 2022.


Any concerns or issues about Equality, whether relating to employees, pupils or external visitors, can be raised via the school's 'Cause for Concern' system.

Pupils, staff, families and visitors are also welcome to raise any concerns directly with the Headteacher or other Senior Member of Staff.

Eliminating Discrimination


The school is aware of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and complies with non-discrimination provisions.

All new staff are issued with a copy of the Equality & Diversity Policy as part of the school's Induction Programme.

Staff and governance committee members are reminded of their responsibilities under the Equality Act, for example during meetings.

The Governance Committee receives a report and discusses the school's approach to Equality annually.

A statement of Equality and Diversity is included in the school's Application Information Pack.

Equality is discussed as part of the school's annual cycle of Positive Behaviour Support training.



Advancing Equality of Opportunity


As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, the school aims to advance equality of opportunity by:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic they have (e.g. enabling pupils with disabilities to become successful autistic adults)

  • Taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic (e.g. by having a highly individualised approach, addressing each pupil's specific needs)

  • Encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities (e.g. encouraging all pupils to be involved in the full range of school activities and adapting activities as needed)


Autism Initiatives is a Disability Confident employer and will make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process as well as the work itself to meet the needs of staff with disabilities.

Fostering Good Relations


The school aims to foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it by:

  • Promoting tolerance, friendship and understanding of a range of religions and cultures through different aspects of our curriculum, e.g. visiting different places of worship as part of Learning Outside the Classroom activities, inviting our neighbouring mainstream school to school events, holding an Annual Art Exhibition in the town centre.
  • Holding whole-school multicultural enrichment days / weeks.
  • Regular visits to the local community.



Staff and Pupils with Relevant Protected Characteristics


Peterhouse has fewer than 150 employees and fewer than 70 pupils.  Because of this, numbers of individuals with protected characteristics are comparatively low and we are not publishing this information in order to prevent identification of individuals and protect the privacy of both staff and pupils.  The local community predominantly identifies as White British (94.8%, UK Census data 2011) and this is broadly reflected in the staff team.  

In February 2022, all of our 68 pupils have a disability.  6 out of our 68 pupils are female (reflecting the much higher incidence of autism diagnosis in boys nationally).

Latest update for this section:  3rd February 2022

Next update due:  December 2022