Tanbridge House School is celebrating after becoming the first school in West Sussex to receive an Equaliteach Gold Equalities Award for embedding equality, diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of school life.
The school has been one of many across the country to sign up to EqualiTeach’s Equalities Award (www.equalitiesaward.co.uk). Following a comprehensive audit, the Gold Award was awarded to Tanbridge House – this is an outstanding achievement, demonstrating that the school is a beacon of exceptional equality and diversity practice.
Gail Watson, who co-ordinated the award process and application, said: "Care, kindness and achievement for all underpins the day to day life at Tanbridge House School. To have this reflected in achieving a Gold Equalities Award is not only recognition of how fantastic our school community is, but also the work we do together with the wider community.”
Kate Hollinshead, Co-founder of Equaliteach, said: "The school have worked really hard to evidence the excellent work they are doing in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in everything they do. The school has evidenced that it is a happy, safe and inclusive place for their pupils, staff and visitors, and is a beacon of excellence with regards to equality practice. It has been a pleasure to see them become the first Equalities Award Gold school in the county."
Jules White, Headteacher at Tanbridge House School, said: “We are thrilled to have received the Gold Equalities Award and are extremely proud that our values around inclusion, equality and diversity have been formally recognised. We pride ourselves on our kind and caring community - this award reflects our commitment to ensuring that our students and staff extend our wonderful ethos to every single person irrespective of their identity, background, ethnicity or other personal characteristics."
The award is now in production and will be delivered to the school shortly- a formal celebration event will be organised once it arrives.