Renfrewshire Council values the variety of individuals and communities, living and working within Renfrewshire and their contribution to the political, economic, cultural and social life of the area. This is reflected in our equalities policies including Promoting Race Equality in Education and our schemes for disability and gender equality.
School education is open to all pupils and all reasonable measures will be taken to make sure that the curriculum is available to every child. Equalities law places duties on public organisations, including education authorities and schools to:
- Eliminate discrimination, victimisation, harassment or other unlawful conduct that is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a characteristic and those who do not and
- Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.
The council supports the right of each citizen to a quality of life which is free from violence, discrimination and harassment and will take steps to ensure that all citizens, regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, religion, social background, marital status, gender, disability, age or sexuality will have full access to its services, taking all possible measures to prevent discrimination in the way its services are delivered.
Parents can help to monitor our success in promoting equality of opportunity for all by providing equalities related information when asked.
The school has a duty to ensure that all pupils, employees, parents/carers and visitors have equal access to the full range of services that it offers. It covers not only the curriculum and teaching strategies but also reasonable adjustments to the physical environment within the school campus. This may mean making adjustments to address the needs of pupils who have a disability.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disability as a ‘physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’
Long term means that it must have or is likely to last, or be expected to last 12 months.
The school has a duty to make a reasonable adjustment if a pupil, employee, parent or visitor is at a disadvantage in relation to others. It applies to physical features of the premises, e.g. buildings, fittings and equipment and to the curriculum content.
Trinity High School has the following arrangements in place:
Access : disabled parking, accessible toilets, lifts.
Communication: provision of alternative formats –braille, BSL etc.
Curriculum: adjustments made in respect of the curriculum/needs of the pupil.
Health and Safety: every establishment under the control of the department of education and leisure services has a current written fire risk assessment and action plan in place for evacuating the premises in the event of a fire. Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS) will be prepared and regularly updated for all persons/pupils with special needs who may require assistance to evacuate the building in an emergency.