Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Bristol is a city marked by vast socio-economic inequality and despite being considered a prosperous city, with an above average educational system, Bristol has more areas categorised as being in the most deprived 10% in England compared to other cities in the country. Bristol also shoulders a very specific legacy in the context of colonial history including the slave trade as well as the Civil Rights Activism of the 1960s.
When looking at the data across the city of Bristol and indeed across the country, it outlines that BAME students are underperforming compared with their peers and there is a larger percentage of BAME students who are permanently excluded. While there are going to be external factors, beyond the school’s control, that contribute to this disparity, we are committed to tackling any internal factors that may also be contributing to the lower levels of attainment amongst our BAME students.
Combined with this, Bristol is facing wider challenges that expose our young people to greater levels of aggression, violence and disorder, more often than not as a result of growing tensions between different groups in the wake of events such as Brexit. Bristol also holds a proud ‘Exist to Resist’ identifier and this has been evidenced by the large numbers of Bristolians joining activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion and others. Cotham’s diversity is our greatest gift and we are passionate to put in the hard work to tackle unconscious bias, xenophobia, homophobia and marginalisation and also to continue our journey to being an anti racist school.
Promoting equality, celebrating diversity and championing inclusion is our priority and we are committed to the social justice and equity required to give all our students the knowledge, experience and skills to counter inequality and build a world that is a fairer and safer place for all. This work is being undertaken in a number of different ways as outlined in various sections on this page.