SPWT Anti-racism Statement

In light of the traumatic effect of the murder of George Floyd and the global response that has followed, we at St Paul’s Way Trust School affirm that together we stand with our black staff and students and those from global majority ethnic groups in pledging to take action.

Our mission is to make the school the best place to learn in, the best place to work in and the best place to partner with. We have reflected deeply on our role in contributing towards becoming an anti-racist society. We are proud of the School’s approach to inclusion and diversity, and our zero-tolerance approach to racism. However, recent events have shown that our current approach is not sufficient to address the complex and profound challenges of racism.

We are committed to challenging and dismantling structural racism within our practices, policies, procedures and community, and have worked with Marva Rollins OBE to commission a review of our School’s approach to racial equality, examining the work that is ongoing and identifying priorities for long-term and sustainable action in four key areas: curriculum; student culture; staff development and culture; and wider community.

In the next academic year, we commit to: 

  • Creating more opportunities for students to discuss racism and to contribute meaningfully to its elimination, through our co-curricular programme
  • Coordinating a focus group for black parents for their contributions and feedback on the work taking place
  • Developing our curriculum framework so that it incorporates principles of decolonisation, and using this to develop a decolonised curriculum
  • Sustained and in-depth training on subconscious bias and its effect for all staff, including specific recruitment and induction training
  • Training on dealing with prejudicial incidents, and monitoring and intervention of all types of incidents

By committing to these actions and continuing to develop and improve our anti-racist approach, we progress as a community towards our collective vision to provide a transformational education for our young people.