Equality Report

Equality Information 2014/15 - Students

Bentley Wood High school is a medium sized secondary school for girls in Harrow with over one thousand students between the ages of 11 and 19. The school has very diverse intake of girls from a large catchment area. The school has a high mobility of students (in the bottom 20% of schools nationally for stability) and a relatively high deprivation indicator (in second quintile).

Mobility of students
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
School 83.9 84.8 87.6 86.1 86.5 86.5
National 91.8 92.2 92.3 92.3 92.4 92.4
School deprivation indicator
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
School 0.30 0.29 0.30 0.31 0.31 0.31
National 0.22 0.22 0.21 0.21 0.22 0.22

Bentley Wood is currently oversubscribed and our Sixth Form intake gives us 210 students in Year 7 and 180 students per year for Years 8-11. In our growing Sixth Form there are almost 180 students. This has increased year on year and is our largest Sixth Form cohort to date.

Bentley Wood welcomes students from all cultures and ethnicities and has large number of students from minority ethnic groups. Some of our students have refugee status and come from countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 64.3% of our students do not have English as their first language and speak a variety of other languages at home, nationally it is 14.4%.  There are 34 different home languages spoken at Bentley Wood.

Bentley Wood is a girls’ school. Our Sixth Form students attend classes at other collegiate schools which are mixed.

There are currently 22 students at Bentley Wood with disabilities ranging from Physical Disabilities to Speech, Language and Communication Needs. Heads of Year keep detailed records of the needs of these students and ensure that they are met. There is an accessible disabled toilet available and used by pupils with short or long term medical needs. There is a lift in the Sixth Form block to ensure the building is accessible to all students and special arrangements are made for fire evacuations.

Sexual Orientation and Gender reassignment
The school does not collect information on the sexual orientation of students. Were it to be communicated to the school regarding a pupil, it would be recorded in the child’s affective file and confidentiality would be maintained. No data is collated by the school about gender reassignment.

All Year groups show a similar religious profile with all major religions represented. There is a Prayer Room made available for students to use during break and lunchtimes and the school canteen caters for many dietary requirements. Students all study Religious Studies until Year 11 and this covers all major world religions and promotes cohesion between students of different faiths. Assemblies at different times of the year celebrate many religious festivals.

Marriage and civil partnership
No data is collected or held by the school about parents’/carers’ marital status, apart from the titles and names given for home contacts and information about whether letters home and reports are to be sent to two addresses, unless specifically requested by a parent/carer or student.

Free school meals
23% of students are known to be eligible for free school meals. The progress and achievement of students on free school meals is significantly above the national average.
The school has a fund to provide financial support for families for items such as uniform, trips and music lessons.

Pupil Premium
45% of students are known to be eligible for Pupil Premium. The progress and achievement of students on pupil premium is significantly above the national average and Raise Online report shows that value added for pupil premium students is slightly higher to students not on pupil premium.

Students’ attendance is above the national average and is monitored on a weekly basis and analysed in order to target individuals who need support in improving their attendance.

Exclusions and incidents
There have been no permanent exclusions at Bentley Wood in the last academic year. The number of girls who are sanctioned with fixed term exclusions has been reducing over the last three years as a result of positive behaviour management strategies and the introduction of Restorative Justice. . The percentage of exclusions for different groups of students are in line with national comparisons.
The school records and acts upon all incidents which contravene its Equal Opportunity Policy. There have been a very small number of incidents where the schools equality policy has been breached by students. Sanctions and restorative sessions have been swift and efficient and have involved parents where appropriate.

At Bentley Wood the vast majority of ethnicities perform better than national averages when considering the best 8 GCSEs including English and maths. There were no significantly underachieving ethnic groups. Students of all ethnicities exceed expectations at KS4.

Equality objectives 2014/15 - Students

  • Maintain excellent achievement of all groups of students through high expectations and appropriate interventions where necessary, including Pupil Premium (PP) students.
  • Maintain high standards of attendance to ensure that all groups have a high attendance.

Equality information 2014/15 - Staff

The distributions of ethnicities at Bentley Wood is broadly the same for all groups of staff irrespective of pay.
There is a diverse range of ethnicities which is consistent for support staff, teaching staff and teaching assistants.

At Bentley Wood there is an 5:1 ratio of female to male staff in all significant areas. Staff are paid in relation to job specification, number of days employment and level of responsibility and there is no significant difference in average pay between males and females or between different ethnicities of staff.

At present there are no staff who have a disability.

Sexual Orientation and Gender re-assignment
No data is collected or held by the school about gender reassignment in the staff population.

The staff includes members of a wide range of religions and beliefs (including no religion or belief). The school does not routinely collect or hold this information, unless specifically requested by a member of staff. The school’s absence policy allows time-off with pay for major religious observance days for all faiths.

Marriage and civil partnership
No data is collected or held by the school about the marital status of members of staff, apart from the titles and names given on application forms and emergency contacts, unless specifically requested by the member of staff.

Pregnancy, maternity and paternity
The school operates the council’s policies for maternity leave, paternity leave and flexible working (reduced hours). In the past year there have been 3 staff on maternity leave and no staff on paternity leave. All pregnant staff will have a meeting to assess their individual needs and steps are taken to ensure these are met.

Training opportunities
The amount of time spent by staff on training activities and CPD are in the same ratio as the proportion to the workforce with regard to Gender and Ethnicity.

Equality Objectives 2014/15 - Workforce

  • Collect data on religious belief in order to improve inclusion of staff with particular religious needs.
    ie: Prayer Room, dietary requirements