For us at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form, diversity means being inclusive of all and showing support for everyone within our community. We are committed to developing and strengthening our diverse culture. We want to raise the achievement of all our students, to develop and nurture respect of others, as well as celebrate the diversity within our community.
We have Student Ambassadors at Key Stage 4 who are role models to the younger students. They work hard to promote diversity within all aspects of school life. The two Year 11 Student Ambassadors and the three Year 10 Deputy Student Ambassadors create resources for tutor time and assemblies. They also help to organise awareness raising events such as Black History Month, which we celebrated in October 2020. In the sixth form the Braintree Sixth Form Diversity Group has begun engaging in high level discussions regarding the issues that they feel are relevant to them and engaging members of the wider school community in addressing any concerns they have.
An increased focus on diversity with the curriculum is an ongoing area of development, with subjects being at different stages. For example, History addresses the American civil rights movement, the suffragette movement, as well as the campaigns for the LGTBQ+ community with the Stonewall riots of the late 1960s to name a few. Within Food Technology, we look at how different cultures and religions have helped develop and change our food industry for the better in the UK by adding more variety. Art studies different cultures each year at Key Stage 3 to develop understanding of how and why art styles were produced, whilst Music investigates Blues music and delves into talking about the slave trade to help students connect with the lyrics and develop understanding. English study a range of authors and novels that depict different issues of their time that are talked about such as colonialisation and the issues around this.
We want all students to realise that it is the school community’s responsibility to look around and see who might be missing from representation and do something about it. We want everybody to be heard.