Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
The School stands against everything to do with discrimination, exclusion and hatred in whatever form it takes, actively promoting fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. Charterhouse seeks to be a leading school in this regard, which delights in being diverse, open-minded and with a culture of inclusion.
We encourage applications from young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others who would benefit from the transformative impact of full bursaries.
Our five core values embody our commitment to the well-being of our School community and, in particular, we seek to safeguard and support people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act (2010).
In order to achieve a culture of inclusion in which everyone takes pride in our diversity, we are taking positive action at the micro and macro level by identifying issues and tackling them effectively across all areas of School life.
Many actions have already been taken, some relating to racial inclusion and others to inclusion more widely, addressing single protected characteristics, intersectionality and inclusion as a whole.
In relation to the focus on issues around sexual violence and harassment which were highlighted by the Everyone’s Invited movement and reported in the UK press (March 2021), the Headmaster wrote personally to parents and pupils, taking the opportunity to reiterate that Charterhouse condemns the behaviours and actions which were exposed. Dr Peterken outlined all the resources and support available, including upcoming webinars for parents and Reach Out sessions for pupils. Our 'Say Something' campaign gives pupils multiple avenues to raise concerns confidentially and we are expanding this campaign to focus on being active bystanders and saying no to silence . The 'Say Something' website page gives OCs the opportunity to share any concerns from their time at School. We have also established a forum where pupils, support and teaching staff can talk and plan what further actions we can take. These will include training for pupils and staff to understand more about sexual assault and avoid the bystander effect. Our established pupil and staff gender action group continues to focus on all gender EDI matters to inform our strategy. We have held two EDI training sessions this year. Most recently, Bold Voices spoke about the gender violence continuum and skills to call in and call out inappropriate behaviour. Bold Voices are running a workshop for parents and Monitors in June 21 too.
Our pupil-led Inclusivity Action Committee has created our anti-racism charter. It is a pupil charter endorsed by the School Community, bringing together key messages from discussion groups and surveys over the last eight months.
- We have implemented a major review of the curriculum and classroom practice, with Heads of Department identifying opportunities for greater diversity. This has included a recommended reading list produced by staff and pupils to reflect the racial diversity of the pupil body. Our PHSE (‘Reach Out’) sessions with tutor groups have emphasised a focus on our core values, shared understanding and inclusion.
- Start of term messages from senior leaders further emphasised the values of kindness, active engagement to oppose discrimination and highlighted the sources of support in School.
Pupil leadership and pupil voice, as with many areas of School life, has been most dynamic and inspiring.
- Unity Society (pupil led), celebrating all nationalities and ethnicities, launched in year-group chapel services with speeches and story sharing by the society founders, emphasising institution responsibility to actively address any discrimination. Unity Society is one of the most popular societies with more than 40 pupils actively involved.
The Inclusivity Committee is leading the creation of anti-racism and anti-bullying charters.
- Pupil monitors have identified policies which will be reviewed by pupils, on an ongoing basis including those relating to religious beliefs, equality of opportunity and anti-bullying.
- Importantly, pupils are well represented at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group (see below), which oversees much of the development of the Action Plan.
For greater granularity on all areas of the School’s Action Plan activity, please see below. Initiatives and activities detailed have been grouped according to seven key areas of School life.
The inaugural meeting of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group took place on Tuesday 8 December.
The Steering Group brings expertise and experience from Governors, Old Carthusians, pupils and staff to inform the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic priorities. OC members join the Group for two terms and pupil members change annually.
The current focus of the Group is race and intersectionality relating to race.
You can read more about members of the Steering Group below.
Charterhouse has policies and procedures in place to support all with protected characteristics – pupils and staff alike – and to ensure equality of opportunity and treatment. These cover each of the following characteristics as identified by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
Further information in the area is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.