Although Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is in an area which currently serves a mainly white British population, this is changing and it is vital we prepare our pupils to exist in an area that is rapidly evolving culturally.
We are proud to promote and celebrate the different backgrounds and beliefs that our pupils encounter on a daily basis. Mutual respect is implicit in our aims and ethos. Our pupils know and understand that they are expected to show respect to everyone, whatever differences we may have, and to everything, whether it is a school resource or a religious belief.
Children learn that their behaviour choices have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community should treat each other with respect. Sadly, no school can guarantee that there will never be instances which are contrary to this value. At Ark Blacklands, such instances are rare and are treated seriously.
Ark Blacklands is committed to providing a fully accessible environment, which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility, and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
Click here for more details on our school's physical accessibility.
You can read about how our school curriculum caters to SEND learners here.
We reflect and represent diverse perspectives throughout our curriculum through our choice of topics, reading materials and trips out into the community.
Specific examples of how we enhance pupils' understanding and respect for different faiths and beliefs include:
- Through religious education and other lessons where we might learn about other cultures – for example in English through fiction and in art when we consider cultures from other parts of the world.
- In depth study during community themed weeks, where we celebrate and enjoy learning about the differences between countries and cultures around the world.
Our staff and recruitment
We want to reflect and represent diverse perspectives across our organisation because we know that doing so will make us stronger, more connected and enhance our pupils' education.
Ark is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.