The parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke chapter 15 vs 3-6) underpins our vision and demonstrates that each individual within our community is unique and precious. Our school is a place where every person has the right to be themselves, to be included and to learn in a safe and happy environment. Everyone at our school is equal and treats each other with respect and kindness.
As part of this vision, we build awareness and understanding of equality issues into our curriculum and have recently undertaken a review of our curriculum to make explicit our teaching of Black History and to ensure that the education that we provide is inclusive and provides positive role models of different ethnic backgrounds, gender and other ‘protected characteristics’. This is an ongoing priority, ensuring that whenever we make changes to our curriculum we seek to enhance rather than diminish our pupils’ understanding of and respect for people of other races, cultures and communities to prepare them for life in a diverse and vibrant world.
In response to the events in America in May 2020 and the subsequent Black Lives Matter Movement, our Trust put out this statement:
Everyone here at St Barnabas MAT is deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd in America and the circumstances surrounding his death. The impact of this tragedy goes far beyond the United States, with sorrow, anger and despair being felt across the entire world, including here in Cornwall. Racism has absolutely no place in our society. Nobody should ever have to face discrimination because of the colour of their skin and we must all stand in unity against racism of any sort, at all times. Sean Powers (CEO)
Mrs Kenton, our Head of School, is a ‘Stonewall School Champion’ and our school is committed to being a place where all pupils and staff – including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – are accepted without exception and to championing diversity and celebrating difference.