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The Fernwood School

"High Achievement with Care and Discipline for All"

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Public Sector Equality Duty

The public sector equality duty (PSED) requires schools to:

  1. Publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the PSED – schools must update this published information at least every year
  2. Prepare and publish equality objectives – schools must update these objectives at least once every 4 years

The PSED was introduced by the Equality Act 2010 and applies to all schools, including maintained schools, academies, independent schools, maintained nursery schools, and maintained and non-maintained special schools.

At Fernwood our ethos is underpinned by ‘Care, Discipline and High Achievement’. Care is at the heart of our community underpinned by our fostering mutual respect, trust and understanding leading to positive and constructive relationships at all levels. Discipline is recognised as being necessary for all to reach their potential and the need for self-discipline is what we strive to achieve. Thus care and discipline underpins high achievement for all irrespective of a student or employees background. Our structure for delivery is underpinned by the Fernwood award.

Fernwood Award Ring

Our school is committed to equality both as an employer and a service-provider and we carry out our day to day work through our embedded values:

  1. We try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
  2. We want to make sure that our school is a safe, secure and stimulating place for everyone.
  3. We recognise that people have different needs, and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
  4. We recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
  5. We try to make sure that people from different groups are consulted and involved in our decisions, for example through talking to pupils and parents/carers, and through our school staff and governors.
  6. We aim to make sure that no-one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age; any disability they may have; their ethnicity, colour or national origin; their gender; their gender identity or reassignment; their marital or civil partnership status; being pregnant or having recently had a baby; their religion or beliefs; their sexual identity and orientation.

We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations, and our specific duties to publish information every year about our school population; to explain how we have due regard for equality; and to publish equality objectives which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities, and reduce or remove them.

Progress 8 Score for Disadvantaged Students  (National Figure in brackets)

2017 2018 2019
-0.48  (-0.39) -0.35   (-0.44) 0.02   (-0.45)

March 2020


Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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