Forest Hill School is a larger than average community school where students live within a geographically small area. Over 60% of the students come from ethnically diverse origins with those of Black Caribbean heritage making up a fifth of the school’s population. The number of students known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) is above the national average (23%). Over a third of students have Special Education Needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, which is significantly higher than seen nationally.
Promoting equal opportunities and tackling discrimination are at the heart of everything we do at Forest Hill School. We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all students, staff, parents and carers in receipt of services from the school, irrespective of race, age, gender, identity, sexual orientation, SEN/disability, religion or belief (these are known as Protective Characteristics) and within our school their socio-economic background. We will build on our culture that celebrates inclusion and diversity as a real strength in which all of those associated with Forest hill School are proud of their identity and able to contribute and participate fully in school life.
Many of our students are from households that suffer from poverty, unemployment, family breakdown, low aspirations and poor health. Some of our students are young carers.
We are absolutely clear that access to a quality education is the way in which young people can escape disadvantageous circumstances and enhance their choices and life chances.
The achievements and outcomes of our students will be tracked and monitored by race, gender, SEN, disability, CLA and FSM, with the analysis of this data used to support students, target interventions to raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching.
We recognise that discrimination exists and the inequalities people suffer as a result must be challenged. We will take action to reduce them and create a positive environment which is based on respect, tolerance and understanding for all.
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