We are proud of the inclusive nature of our school. Focusing on tolerance and respect for yourself and others is a cornerstone of our ethos. We believe in the importance of hearing, and acting upon, the voices within our community and ask for regular feedback and suggestions on how to improve our school. We understand that not all differences are visible and aim to ensure that a sense of belonging is instilled throughout our community. Key actions completed since Summer 2020 are:

  • pupil voice surveys
  • curriculum review with parents
  • three new year 12 Diversity & Inclusion Prefects at Senior School and the Prep introduced Undivided Prefects
  • staff INSET on unconscious bias and webinars such as ‘Building a Balanced Curriculum’ with speakers from The Migration Museum, The Black Curriculum, Book Love and Fill in the Blanks
  • signed up to The Halo Code and hosted a webinar with the founders, including former Sydenham High pupil
  • re-invigoration of societies such as Afro-Caribbean Society and LGBTQ+ Society and a new Undivided Club was launched at Prep
  • development of pupil and staff book clubs, reading books such as ‘How to Be an Anti Racist’ by Ibram X Kendi, amongst other stimuli and articles
  • staff learning streams on topics such as neuroplasticity and neurodiversity
  • ICONS artwork competition launched during Black History Month, with artwork framed and displayed as permanent features around the school (a selection visible below)
  • pupil led assemblies and opportunities for discussion and reflection
  • inviting in neurodivergent speakers
  • recruitment processes have been reviewed and adjusted in order to appeal to a broader range of applicants
  • a full programme of activities launched in October 2021 with some continuing throughout the year
  • an Undivided calendar has been initiated to celebrate a broad range of events.

As a school we have signed up to the GDST Charter for Action. Work is underway to produce our own charter and framework for a statement of intent.

Diversity Lead: Dr Waites

GDST Undivided Steering Group members: Mrs Vaughan & Dr Waites

Lead Governor for Diversity & Inclusion: Cyprian Njamma

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