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.  

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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).

One of our Year 10 pupils designed this powerful image for a poster competition.

Action Plan

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.

  • We have launched a 'Say Something' campaign to encourage pupils and staff to always share concerns and say when something is not right. 'Say Something' posters around the School and staff lanyards highlight the campaign. Pupils are making use of the new anonymous reporting service to share concerns and our Designated Safeguarding Lead is able to coordinate responses to provide advice when appropriate.
  • ‘Say Something’ pins have been awarded to Year 13 Monitors following their anti-bullying Chapel service in anti-bullying week when they highlighted the student-created slogan: Here to listen, here to help, stand together, make a difference.
  • The 'Say Something' website page gives OCs the opportunity to share any concerns from their time at School. 
  • We held an EDI & Careers panel with three Old Carthusians in October 2021 to share experiences and suggest ways to improve inclusion at School. Around 150 pupils and staff attended. We will be running another panel for all teachers this academic year. Read more here.
  • 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 Head 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.
  • We are participating in the Bold Voices ambassador programme, involving staff, pupils and parents in shaping our inclusive and safe culture and preparing pupils for future life. We are participating in the international 16 days of violence against gender-based violence with a pupil-led poster campaign to educate around consent and a review of language used within School to focus on ensuring an inclusive tone and vocabulary.
  • We have also established various forums where pupils, support and teaching staff can talk and plan what further actions we can take. There has been training for pupils and staff to understand more about sexual violence and harassment and avoid the bystander effect. 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 ran a workshop for parents and Monitors (Sixth Form pupils) in June 2021 and in November 2021 for pupils in Year 10.
  • 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 has created anti-racism and anti-bullying charters and is working on a charter for LGBTQ+.

  • 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.
  • One of the pupil leaders of Unity ran a workshop for Inclusion Leads as part of their training for the Boarding Schools Association Inclusion Lead Certificate.
  • We have introduced tutor group representatives across the School with over 120 pupils involved. Reps bring points from their tutor groups to a termly forum chaired by pupil Heads of School, the Head of Year and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This enables rapid feedback to pupils on points raised.

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.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group

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.

Members of the Steering Group

Andrew Turner is Senior Deputy Head and has served in various senior management positions in his 20-year career at Charterhouse. Prior to joining the School he taught Politics at Bradford Grammar School and then at Rugby School. His current role includes responsibility for the School’s co-curricular programme and educational oversight of Charterhouse’s development of schools overseas. He has served on school governing bodies in the independent and maintained sectors.

Protected Characteristics

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.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

Further information in the area is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Contact Us

We welcome all suggestions to improve equality, inclusion and diversity at the School. For further information or to offer input, please email Mrs Louise Wilson.

Mrs Louise Wilson
Deputy Head (Pupils & Community) and
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
ljw@charterhouse.org.uk