Diversity at Collingwood
Our aim is to promote a culture that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion so that all members of the College community feel welcome, respected and safe.
What are we doing to make this happen at Collingwood?
We have set up a diversity working party where interested students and staff come together to plan how we approach these issues at College. Celebrating difference and addressing discrimination and prejudice in the areas of ethnicity/race, gender (including sexism) and sexual identity are key priorities. The focus of the group for 2021-2022 is on racial and ethnic diversity. The group is facilitated by Mrs Valu and Mr Webster, and meets half-termly in Barossa Drama studio.
An LGBTQ+ student group also meets regularly and is facilitated by Miss Castro-Iglesias and Mrs Tidley.
Subject leaders have audited their existing curriculum and identified additional opportunities to address diversity, inclusion and anti-racism in their subject areas in 2021-2022.
We have also added relevant themes and topics to our PSHE, assembly and tutor time ‘thought for the week’ programmes to further raise awareness.
In 2021-2022 there will be a College-wide focus on tackling offensive and discriminatory language with a focus on racist, sexist and homophobic/transphobic language. Students are made aware of how to report prejudiced incidents and a dedicated email address ReportIT@collingwood.surrey.sch.uk is available.
A student mentoring programme has been set up where Sixth Form students informally mentor KS3 students.
New and Updated Diversity Events for the College Calendar 2021-2022
Diversity Assemblies for all year groups led by Mrs Samuda and students in the first half term. External speakers will be invited to address assemblies throughout the year.
Sixth Form Respectful Relationships Day – Wednesday 29 September. External speaker and workshops looking at sexual harassment, peer to peer abuse, consent, sexism, staying safe online, respectful relationships.
Black History Month – October – Theme ‘Proud to be…’. A number of events and resources to consider in assemblies and tutor time that focus on black history, heritage, culture and achievement.
Diversity Week (formally Asian Week) week beginning Monday 24 January. Events including food stalls, Ted Talks and dance displays to celebrate the diverse cultures, backgrounds and characteristics of our students at Collingwood.
‘I am taking a seat at the table’ video project led by Mrs Valu. Students provide testimonial videos that give voice to the diverse range of student experience at College. This will form part of a tutor time programme for all year groups.
Pride Month – June. Events and display materials to promote tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality.