At Mayflower, we value and respect everyone in our community, and aim to instill this ethos into our students. They will go on to form the next generation of modern Britain, and as such, we recognise the importance of empowering them with the knowledge and awareness to succeed as global citizens in a progressive world.
All students and staff are afforded equal opportunities and we endeavor to treat each other with respect. We firmly believe everyone, no matter their identity, has a right to lives free from discrimination. Any instances of prejudice or discrimination will be taken seriously, with appropriate action taken as necessary. We will endeavor to support anyone in our community who experiences discrimination, whilst taking steps to educate those who require it. Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of all staff and students at Mayflower, and encourage everyone to call out intolerance, harassment and discrimination wherever it may arise.
Through our pastoral programmes, assemblies and dedicated events throughout the year, as a community we embrace diversity and strongly believe we are enriched through the different cultures, experiences and backgrounds within our school. For the past two years we have developed our provisions to celebrating Black History Month, LGBTQ+ History Month and Women’s History Month, and we continue to look for opportunities for further engagement. Equality, diversity and inclusion is not only restricted to our pastoral provisions.
We appreciate the importance of a curriculum which allows all students to see themselves and their families represented, and as such are in the process of reviewing our curriculum.
We continually review our practice with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion, and welcome suggestions from everyone in our community on how we can do improve.
All staff undertake their duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual identity.
Our guiding principles:
We value all learners equally
We recognise and respect difference
We foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging
We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development
We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist
We consult and involve widely
All of MHS policies are written with regard to and are compliant with the Equality Act 2010
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY WITHIN MAYFLOWER
Every fortnight, A group of staff and students have been meeting after school to discuss diversity and equality at Mayflower. The group encourages Sixth Form students to discuss their experiences, areas of success, and how we as a community can move forward to create a more inclusive school environment.
This has been an opportunity for Sixth Form students to develop their leadership and critical thinking skills. In doing so they are mirroring what is happening in many schools, businesses, and other organisations in acknowledging their role in promoting equality in their workplaces, and the benefits this brings to individuals, and ultimately, society as a whole.
As a school we are making a conscious effort to ensure that the voices of students who identify as part of a wide range of diverse groups are heard, and that their views are taken into consideration when organising events and initiatives within the school.
PROUD TO BE – Black History Month 2021
Mayflower High School is joining the rest of the country in celebrating Black History Month during October 2021. As part of our program of equality and diversity we recognise the importance of promoting the achievements of Black and Brown people throughout history.
“It’s been a challenging time for many Black and Brown people, with so much in the media about racism, inequality and injustice. We wanted the theme of Black History Month 2021 to focus on celebrating being Black or Brown, and to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture – in their own way, in their own words.
By making Black History Month 2021 personal and unique to individuals, families and communities, focusing on how we’re all making history all the time in our own ways, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black and Brown people throughout history. By asking people to share what they are Proud To Be we can share both individual stories and the vast richness of diversity that Black and Brown people bring to the UK.
Honouring our past and ancestors is important in shaping our future, but it’s also important to honour our present – and ourselves… Knowing our past is helping us to change our future and hopefully that’s a lesson that will eventually be learnt at a systemic, institutional and structural level.
I’m Proud To Be Black every single day and this Black History Month, it’s time to celebrate every single one of our stories”
Catherine Ross - Editor Black History Month 2021
Black History Month in Mayflower
During the course of October we have a number of events taking place for students from KS3-5 in order to help promote Black History Month and to raise awareness of Black history and achievements of Black and Brown people in this country
Assemblies to year 7-10 (this week) and 12-13 (next Wednesday) delivered by Rights Action Group and Ms McKay
Year 11 will have ex Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker delivering a talk to them in their assembly slot this Friday
Tutor resources for all year groups raising awareness for BHM and celebrating Black contributions to society throughout the month.
Tutor resources for year 12 students to debate on statues with controversial past
Tutor resources for year 13 students to debate on racism in football
Year 10 art students will produce mixed pieces on iconic black figures which tell their story in the background of their picture.