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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


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.

ACTIONS NOT WORDS – Black History Month 2022

Mayflower High School is joining the rest of the country in celebrating Black History Month during October 2022. As part of our program of equality and diversity we recognise the importance of moving to a better tomorrow, we not just focusing on the past. The past is in the past. We can acknowledge and learn from it, but to improve the future, we need action, not words. We need to come together around a shared common goal to achieve a better world for everyone..

To get to a better tomorrow, we can’t just focus on the past. The past is in the past. We can acknowledge and learn from it, but to improve the future, we need action, not words. We need to come together around a shared common goal to achieve a better world for everyone.

Catherine Ross - Editor Black History Month 2022

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

  • Science: KS3 students will be learning about black scientists, with a homework task set to research and produce a poster on one of them.

  • Art: KS4 students will be repeating last year's mixed media pieces on famous black people.

  • History: All students will be covering 4 key historical events in Black History during lessons and in History Club

  • Assemblies: Main school assemblies delivered by rights action group for black history month.

  • Tutor Resources: Main school tutor resources focusing on key themes for black history month this year.

  • KS5 tutor resources: Discussions during pastoral sessions on Controversial Statues and their links to black history, and Racism in Sport.

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