Equality & Diversity


Statement of Values and Aims

Calder Lodge School is committed to promoting equality and diversity by recognising and appreciating individual needs and differences within school and by providing an environment that supports equality, excellence and enjoyment for all in order to promote the highest possible standards of achievement.  It also ensures that we recognise and celebrate the differences that exist amongst us, that we treat all people fairly and that we strive to eliminate discrimination wherever it exists.  This is a whole school policy – equality applies to all members of the school community; pupils, staff, parents and community members.

We hope that all children will leave our school with high self-esteem, an understanding of right and wrong and an awareness of their place in the world whilst retaining a sense of individuality.

The aims of the Policy are designed to ensure that the school meets the needs of all taking account of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, disability, ability, sexual orientation, age and social circumstance.  We strive to include and engage all pupils and to prepare them for full participation in a diverse society.  Calder Lodge will take steps to:

  • Promote equality of opportunity and access.
  • Promote racial equality and good race relations.
  • Oppose all forms of prejudice and discrimination.
  • Ensure pupils with a disability have access to the school buildings and to the curriculum.

Calder Lodge is committed to including equality and inclusion at every stage when setting policy, planning change and reviewing procedures and this policy is reflected in the School Improvement Plan and Accessibility policy.  Outlining specific tasks to be undertaken in order to achieve the aims set out in this policy document.

Calder Lodge will challenge discrimination and inequality and expect the same of others.  We will use the strength of our partnerships with others to confront discrimination and promote equality and inclusion. Discrimination will be addressed on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and other criteria, and promote racial and other forms of equality.

These are known as protected characteristics and can be seen below in full.

Leadership and Management

Calder Lodge aims to create a clear ethos which:

  • Reflects our commitment to equality for all members of the school community.
  • Promotes positive approaches to valuing and respecting diversity.

The reviewing and drafting of all policies include current and national guidance on equality and inclusion and all staff contribute to the development and review of policy documents.  The views of parents / carers are also valued.

We will monitor teaching and curriculum developments to ensure high expectation of all pupils and appropriate breadth of content in relation to the school and the wider community.

We will ensure that resources are appropriately targeted and monitored.

The policy and action plans will be available to all.


All who work in the school have a responsibility for promoting equality and inclusion and avoiding unfair discrimination.

The Senior Leadership Team are responsible for ensuring that:

  • The school complies with relevant legislation and meets their legal responsibilities not to discriminate on the grounds of age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender.
  • All the school’s policies and procedures will be applied fairly and appropriately according to the circumstances.
  • All issues of equality in the curriculum are fully implemented.
  • This policy is published and readily available.
  • Its procedures are followed.
  • Staff awareness is raised of what equality and valuing diversity means and that they will promote and be accountable for equality of opportunity.
  • Staff understand their responsibilities and receive appropriate training where necessary.
  • Appropriate action is taken in cases of harassment and discrimination.

All staff are responsible for:

  • Dealing with racist incidents and being able to recognise and tackle bias and stereotyping.
  • Promoting equality and good race relations.
  • Keeping up to date with current issues relevant to this policy.

Responsibility for overseeing equality practices in the school lies with the Headteacher.

Promoting Equality and Diversity


Calder Lodge adheres to recruitment and selection procedures which are fair, equal and in line with statutory duties, and safeguarding practice and guidelines.  The skills of all staff, including non-teaching and part time staff are recognised and valued.  All staff are given status and support and encouraged to share their knowledge.

Every employee will be treated fairly at work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin or any other grounds which cannot be justified.

Staff Handbooks and regular professional development activities are available for all staff members to support their practice in relation to this policy.

Staff provide a wide range of role models and the school strives to reflect the diversity of the local and wider community.

We recognise the importance of equality of opportunity in employment and that diversity within our workforce helps us understand the needs of the community better.


Calder Lodge provides an appropriate curriculum for pupils of all backgrounds and we will monitor and evaluate its effectiveness.

Each area of the curriculum is planned to incorporate the principles of equality and to promote positive attitudes to diversity.  All subjects contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils.

Teaching and Learning

Calder Lodge will ensure that school is an inclusive environment in which pupils feel all contributions are valued.  Positive steps will be taken to include pupils who may otherwise feel marginalised.

Resources and displays in our school reflect the experiences and backgrounds of pupils, promote diversity and challenge stereotypes.


Calder Lodge recognises and values all forms of achievement.  We will monitor pupil performance and staff will use a variety of methods and strategies to assess pupil progress.  We will analyse pupil performance by ethnicity, gender, disability and special needs.  Any disparities which are identified will be addressed through targeted curriculum planning, teaching and support.

Progress reports to parents are clearly written and kept as free from jargon as possible.

School Ethos

Calder Lodge opposes all forms of racism, prejudice and discrimination.  All staff are expected to foster a positive atmosphere of mutual respect and trust among pupils from all ethnic groups and range of abilities.

Behaviour, Discipline and Exclusion

Calder Lodge has procedures for disciplining pupils and managing behaviour that are fair and applied equally to all.  All staff are expected to operate consistent systems of rewards, discipline and sanctions.

It is recognised that cultural backgrounds and disability may affect behaviour.  Our school takes this into account when dealing with incidents of unacceptable behaviour.


Steps are taken to ensure that the school’s admission process is fair and equitable to all pupils.

Comprehensive information about pupils’ ethnicity, first language, religion, physical needs, diet etc is included in our admissions forms.


Families are aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to pupil attendance and absence is always followed up sensitively.  We expect full time attendance of all pupils.

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Calder Class go farming at Greenlands

Calder Class had a fabulous time when they visited Greenlands Farm. This venue was chosen because this term’s topic is about farming.  The pupils had the opportunity to hand feed two hungry young calves.  Many of the children were very entertained by the springing, noisy lambs.  The guinea pigs were a firm favourite with most […]

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Castles with Oakenclough Class.

Oakenclough Class have been learning all about castles and towers throughout their topic lessons. They have visited Liverpool Castle at Rivington, which is a ruin dating back to 1200s, to enablethem to really understand the concept of the age and strength of these structures. Lancaster castle also remains a firm favourite. They identified the remnants […]

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Social Learning with Nicky Nook Class

Nicky Nook enjoyed a nature walk at Brockholes Nature Reserve where we did some bird watching and spotted lots of wildlife such as herons and swans . As a part of a social learning activity, the children worked together in teams to build a den using different materials. We had some time playing in the […]

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Parlick Class here to save the day.

Parlick class went to Catterall park as part of our memorable experience for our new topic, ‘Superheroes.’ The children dressed up into their favourite superheroes and then played with each other on the park. Before our trip out we discussed with the class who our favourite superheroes were and what superpowers we liked. We then […]

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Fairsnape Class- River and water flow

As part of our Culture Capital trip, Fairsnape class spent the day visiting Scorton by going to discuss our current ‘Topic’ subject which is ‘Flow’. We also went to the picnic area for our lunch, followed by the trip conclusion of spending a short time at the park/play area. The objective of the day was […]

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South Lakes Safari Park

Calder Class, and a discerning visitor from Nicky Nook, had a fabulous time when they visited South Lakes Zoo.  It was their first experience at this up close and personal zoo.  Walking amongst the animals in their enclosures was all part of the experience.  Unfortunately, the penguins weren’t interested in being fed a bucketful of […]

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Forest fun at Leighton Hall

NickyNook class visited Leighton Hall and the Larksfoot Forest School as part of their Predator topic. It was a grey and damp day so we donned our wellies and waterproofs, setting off on our adventure. The children had a wonderful time exploring the woodland area looking for wildlife, some were even looking for Bigfoot. As […]

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Exploring the animal kingdom

Nicky Nook class are exploring the animal kingdom in lessons this half term. What better way to bring learning to life than a school trip to a wildlife park?! And so, on January 12th, we put on our warmest jackets and set off to “Wild Discovery” at Ribby Hall Village. Despite the chilly weather, the children were […]

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Calder Lodge supports local charity with food donation.

Today we had Andy Baker, Director from Lancaster football club visit us at school. Following many generous donations from the school staff and pupils we were able to amass a significant amount of food and homegoods.

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Christmas begins at Calder Lodge!

This morning we went to a local farm, Calderside, which supplies Christmas trees. We selected the best one we could find and took it back to school. During the day we listened to Christmas music whilst we decorated the Christmas tree. The baubles were a little fiddly but we got there in the end. Over […]

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Children in need at Calder Lodge

Led by Bleasdale class, pupils from across the school took turns in cycling for Children in need. Over the course of the day an impressive 35 miles was covered raising £127 at the last count. Some tired legs were joined by big smiles as the sense of achievement took over. Whilst this was occuring back […]

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Signing the book of rememberance.

Calder Lodge School pupils leaving flowers at Dalton square, Lancaster. This was followed by signing of the book of condolence at the Town Hall.

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