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DIVERSITY ACCREDITATION EXTENDED

Solihull Sixth Form College is delighted to announce it has recently been reaccredited with the Investors in Diversity award, following a recent assessment by the National Centre for Diversity.

 

The College’s status as an Investor in Diversity was first achieved in 2017 and the recent reaccreditation means the award is now valid until August 2023. It reflects the commitment of staff and leaders in ensuring that the College is a place where equality is central to all we do and the diversity of our community is celebrated.

 

The recent inspection saw meetings and focus groups held with staff and students and questionnaires completed. In their report, the National Centre for Diversity said the College provides an inclusive and accessible environment for its staff and students, with equality and diversity a key part of its strategy. A student fed back to the National Centre for Diversity saying, “I’ve always felt very included in things and felt that the College has an overall diverse and inclusive nature.”

 

Assistant Principal Louise Dale-Barron, who leads Equality & Diversity at the College, commented: “I’m delighted that staff at the National Centre for Diversity recognised that equality and diversity lies centrally within the ethos of the College. Staff and student surveys support their appraisal of the College and we will continue to give this our highest priority.”

 

The College has set strategic priorities around reducing achievement gaps for those with protected characteristics, ensuring positive and appropriate destinations for all our students and recruiting suitably qualified staff and Governors who better reflect the diversity of the College’s student population.