At Colmers, we are committed to celebrating diversity, promoting equity and ensuring an inclusive culture. We see this as a journey in which we fulfil our Public Sector Equality Duty within and beyond our classrooms. In practice this means :

  • We regularly review our curriculum to ensure underrepresented groups are made more visible.
  • We create safe spaces for students, staff parents and carers to explore sensitive and challenging issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.
  • We consider how we can eradicate gaps in outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
  • We are explicit that we are an anti racist school.
  • We celebrate difference and identity through key events such as Black History Month, LGBQT+ History Month, Local History Month.
  • We encourage our students to take the lead through participating in projects and activities designed to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Our DEI Staff Working Group meets half-termly to shape our programme of DEI work.

We invite our students, staff, parents, carers and Governors to be active in tackling all forms of prejudice and discrimination through adopting our Colmers DEI Pledge. You can find our pledges here:

Anti-Racism at Colmers

We are an anti-racist school: we recognise that racism is a significant issue that we need to work on and challenge. We are prepared to have difficult conversations and to keep exploring how we can do more and better as a community to challenge overt and more hidden ways in which racism causes division, disadvantage and trauma.

In 2019, following the brutal murder of George Floyd, we decided it was essential to make a stand as a school and created a special film to make public our commitment to anti-racism.

Our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Group, formed in July 2020, provides a safe space for staff to share experiences and creates an opportunity for staff to contribute to our anti-racism work. The work of this group is being extended through the formation of a support group for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students, and a forum for parents of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students.

In 2021, 15 of our students and 3 of our staff took part in a project called If Not Now….Then When led by our partners, brap, the equalities charity. You can see their contribution to a wonderful film made during the project:

The full conference can be viewed here:

LGBTQ+ Equality at Colmers

At Colmers, we promote LGBQ+ equality to address the very negative impact of recognise that homophobia and transphobia.

In February 2021, we held our first celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, followed by our LGBTQ+ Pride Day in July 2021. You can watch our prefect presentations on LGBTQ+ History here: