Equality Report

Bentley Wood High School

Equality Report

Equality Report for Year 2021-22 (February 2022)

Figures taken from the Inspection Data Summary Report Jan 2022 unless otherwise noted


Equality Information 2021-22: Students

Bentley Wood High school is an average size comprehensive school for girls in Harrow with 1293 students between the ages of 11 and 19. The school has a very diverse intake of girls from a large catchment area. The school location deprivation indicator was in quintile 1 (least deprived) of all schools. The pupil base, however, is in quintile 2 (less deprived) of all schools in terms of deprivation.

Free school meals
21.7% of students are known to be eligible for free school meals (as of 24th Feb). The progress and achievement of students on free school meals is typically 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
As of October 2021, 28% of students were known to be eligible for Pupil Premium (compared to 27% nationally). This is in the middle/third quintile nationally. The progress and achievement of students on pupil premium is historically (when last measured in 2019) significantly above the national average and published data shows that disadvantaged students’ progress was above national average.

Bentley Wood is currently oversubscribed. The school is expanding; in 2021 there is capacity for 224 students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. In our growing Sixth Form, there are 199 students.

Bentley Wood welcomes and celebrates having students from all cultures and ethnicities and has a large number of students from minority ethnic groups. Some of our students have refugee status and come from countries such as Kuwait and Afghanistan. In 2021, 68% of our students do not have English as their first language, compared to 17% nationally. This is in the highest quintile nationally. Our students speak a variety of other languages at home. We have 15 out of 17 possible ethnic groups. The current breakdown is as follows:

29%: Asian or Asian British – any other Asian background
14%: Any other ethnic group
13%: Asian or Asian British – Pakistani
10%: Asian or Asian British – Indian
8%: White – any other White background

Bentley Wood is a single-sex girls’ school. Our Sixth Form students attend classes at other collegiate schools which are mixed. We take male students in the 6th Form from the Harrow Collegiate if they apply and meet the requirements.

In 2021 there are 8.8% of students with SEND support and 1% with an EHC plan, compared to 8.2% and 1.1% students in 2020. Disabilities range from Physical Disabilities to Speech, Language and Communication Needs. All staff are responsible for meeting the needs of these students. The Inclusion team provides a comprehensive ‘Barriers to Learning’ booklet which is shared with every member of staff. Heads of Year keep detailed records of the needs of these students and closely monitor progress of students with disabilities together with Heads of Department, Senior Leaders and Teachers.

There is an accessible disabled toilet available to Students with short or long-term medical needs and there are two lifts, as well as a platform lift, to support students who require additional mobility support.

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 file and confidentially 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. We have maintained the prayer room through the time of physical distancing with different year groups allocated different time slots. Students all study Philosophy and 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.

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. Overall absence for 2018/19 was 4.77%. Persistent absence (8.0%) was in the lowest 20% of all schools in 2018/19 as well as in 2017/18 and 2016/17. Since Covid-19, absence recording has altered, but we maintained our traditional high standards, expectations and procedures. According to the IDSR, with respect to 2020: “There is nothing significant or exceptional to highlight for overall absence in autumn 2020 when compared with all schools or schools with a similar level of deprivation, therefore no conclusions can be drawn from this data.” This is the same for persistent absentees.

Exclusions and incidents
There was no permanent exclusion at Bentley Wood in 2019-20, nor in the three previous years. The number of girls who are sanctioned with fixed term exclusions has been kept low as a result of positive behaviour management strategies, good relationships, and through restorative justice approaches. 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 Equality Policy. There have been a very small number of incidents where the school’s 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. There were no significantly underachieving ethnic groups when last recorded, in 2019. Students of all ethnicities exceed expectations at KS4.

We have high academic expectations of all students, and deliver a curriculum that is broad, balanced and rich, including very high levels of Ebacc entry. According to the IDSR: “The subjects of the EBacc form a strong academic foundation for the key stage 4 curriculum. The EBacc entry rate in this school in 2021 was 100%.”

Equality objectives 2021-22 – Students (from our Equality Information and Objectives Policy)

  • Maintain excellent achievement of all groups of students through high expectations and appropriate interventions where necessary, including a special focus on vulnerable high-attaining students.
  • Maintain high standards and expectations of student behaviour, including ensuring that incidences of discriminatory behaviour and bullying are reported, investigated, logged and acted upon in a systematic manner, including discrimination based on race and sexuality.
  • Educate students about equality issues and the importance of tolerance and understanding, in line with our duties under the Equality Act 2010, with a particular emphasis on sexism, racism and homophobia. We will educate students about the nine ‘protected characteristics’. We will do this through our curriculum across all subjects, our weekly Wise Thoughts discussions, Assemblies, displays, PSHE, and other avenues.


Equality Information 2021-22 – Staff

The distribution 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 a male to female ratio of 1 to 3.82 (28 males and 107 females). Staff are paid in relation to job specification, number of days’ employment and level of responsibility regardless of gender and ethnicity. Average pay for male employees is higher than average pay for female employees, which is attributed to having substantially more female casual staff compared to male casual staff.

In 2021 there are no members of staff that had a disability.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Reassignment
In general, no data is collected or held by the school about sexual orientation or gender reassignment in the staff population. However, our new application forms ask for optional information about sexual orientation. If successful applicants have completed this, it is recorded on their employee profile on our personnel/payroll providers portal.

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 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). All pregnant staff have a meeting to assess their individual needs and steps are taken to ensure these are met.

In 2020-21, six people started maternity leave. One person has started maternity leave during this academic year (there were 4 periods of maternity leave that continued into some part of 2021-22 that had started last year).

In 2021 there was one person on paternity leave. There have been no paternity leaves taken so far this year.

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 Sex and Ethnicity.

Equality Objectives 2021-22 – Workforce (from our Equality Information and Objectives Policy)

  • Maintain high standards and expectations of language and inclusive behaviour of all adults in the school, including visitors, in line with our promotion of ‘British Values’ and our Bentley Wood ‘CARE’ values.
  • Continue to ensure all members of staff are familiar with the key implications of the 2010 Equality Act for the school context, such as familiarity with the ‘protected characteristics’ and how to respond confidently to reports of any discriminatory behaviour or bullying using the school reporting systems. We will do this through staff CPD, Teach Talks, Wise Thoughts, and Assemblies.
  • Provide support and training so that all staff feel comfortable in teaching about, and tackling all forms of discrimination, including those to do with race, religion and sexuality, whether in the reformed PSHE and RSE curricula, as well as in their subject areas.