Equality & Protected Characteristics

At Holly Park Primary School, diversity and equality are at the core of everything we do. We firmly believe that embracing and understanding our differences makes us stronger and prepares our children to thrive in an increasingly diverse world. By instilling these values in our children, we aim to create a nurturing and inclusive environment where every child can flourish academically, socially, and emotionally.


At Holly Park we have created a curriculum that reflects the children at our school to foster a sense of belonging and promote equality and diversity. By ensuring that children see themselves represented in the books, materials, and resources used in the classroom, we validate their identities and experiences. Our children connect with the content on a personal level, which builds their self-esteem and confidence.

The principles of equality and diversity are woven into each subject. For example, in English, the children read books that are diverse, reflecting a wide range of experiences, cultures, and perspectives. In PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), the children learn about different types of families, exploring the idea that families come in many forms and that love and care are the foundations of a family, regardless of its structure.

In Art, Science and History, we expose our children to the contributions of diverse scientists, artists, and inventors so that they gain a broader perspective on the vast array of talents and innovations that exist worldwide.

Through the RE (Religious Education) curriculum, children explore different faiths. By visiting various places of worship, such as mosques, churches, temples, and synagogues, our children gain first hand experiences and insights into different religious practices and beliefs. Children are encouraged to ask questions, engage in meaningful discussions, and challenge stereotypes, allowing them to develop a well-rounded understanding of different religious perspectives.

Special Days

At Holly Park, we embrace the rich diversity within our community through special days.

On Equality Day, we learn about the importance of treating everyone with fairness and respect.

Family Day provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the diverse range of family structures and backgrounds that exist within our school community. We learn about different family traditions, customs, and values, fostering a sense of acceptance and inclusivity.

On Cultural Day we explore the different cultures represented in our school. Through music, dance, art, and food, children have the chance to learn about various cultural practices, languages, and histories, celebrating the uniqueness of each culture while promoting understanding and appreciation.

These special days not only create moments of joy and unity but also serve as valuable educational experiences that broaden children’s perspectives, promote empathy, and encourage a sense of global citizenship.

British Values

Teaching our children about British values (respect, tolerance, liberty, democracy and the rule of law) is a key element in promoting equality and diversity. By incorporating these British values into our school ethos, curriculum, and daily practices, Holly Park provides a strong foundation for teaching about equality and diversity.

Respect and Tolerance: Children learn to treat others with respect, regardless of their background, ethnicity, religion, or abilities.  Teaching tolerance and respect fosters an inclusive environment where children develop empathy, understanding and compassion, enabling them to challenge stereotypes and biases.

Rule of Law: Children learn about fairness, justice, and equality before the law. We teach children about the Equality Act and the Protected Characteristics. Children learn about the importance of challenging prejudice and discrimination to create a just and inclusive society.

Democracy: We incorporate democratic values into classroom discussions and activities so that the children learn to value and respect different opinions. They understand the importance of giving everyone an equal voice and develop skills in collaboration and compromise.

Individual liberty: Children learn that everyone has the right to express themselves, celebrate their cultural heritage, and be proud of their identities, while also understanding the responsibility to respect the rights and freedoms of others.

Children’s Rights

Teaching children about their rights is a powerful tool for promoting equality and diversity at Holly Park. Understanding their rights fosters a sense of equality, as children recognize that every individual deserves fair treatment, respect, and dignity. It encourages them to embrace diversity, as they learn that everyone, regardless of their background, has the right to be heard and valued.

Pupil Voice

We firmly believe in empowering children and giving them a voice. Through several school councils, pupil surveys and class discussions, we actively involve students in decision-making and encourage them to share their thoughts and experiences. This collaborative approach ensures their voices are heard, shaping an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity.

Anti-Bullying Policies

Holly Park School’s anti-bullying policy is designed to actively promote equality and diversity. It ensures that every child is treated with respect and fairness, regardless of their background, abilities, or individual characteristics. The policy aims to create a safe and inclusive environment where diversity is embraced and celebrated. It emphasizes the importance of empathy, understanding, and acceptance, discouraging any form of discrimination or harassment.