Equality and Diversity

Here at New College, we are passionately committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment in which diversity is both celebrated and valued.  We promise to treat each individual with respect and dignity and to ensure that every member of our community studies, learns and works in an environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.  We expect all whom we work with to share in this commitment.

We have a fundamental belief in the entitlement of every individual to fulfil his or her potential and will help both to remove any barriers to that full achievement and promote equality of opportunity across all aspects of college life. We take our responsibility to eliminate all forms of inequality seriously and our Single Equality Scheme provides the framework for our commitment.

Our commitment to recognising and celebrating diversity runs through our teaching and learning, our student support and pastoral systems and our enrichment programme. We want to ensure that a disability of any kind does not prevent any student from succeeding and our study support function is directed at challenging everyone to achieve his/her potential, succeed and progress. Equally, we are committed to recruiting and retaining the best possible staff and ensuring that a disability and/or health concern does not prevent an individual’s skills and talent being recognised and put to best use.

The trust is a Disability Confident Committed employer. Please click HERE for more details of the scheme.

Applicants with disabilities or learning difficulties

The College welcomes students with disabilities or learning difficulties and we will ensure that there is continuity and equal access to the opportunities and experiences on offer. Via our close working relationships with our local schools and through our SENCo, we will endeavour to make sure that transition from high school to New College will be as smooth as possible.

CASE STUDY – Sebastian Copeland, Brigshaw High School

As a disabled student I can positively say that my time at New College Pontefract improved over time. Not everything was in place initially to meet my needs but the challenges we faced, we faced together, and they worked with me to provide the best care possible. The entire workforce and students treated me just like any other student and that meant a lot to me. My independence was developed. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have achieved without that caring environment.

The Benefits of Equality and Diversity

Single Equality Scheme

Equality Objectives

Leaders in Diversity Action Plan

Gender Pay Gap Report

Our website can also be translated into various languages by using the drop down list in the footer of the site.

Please click HERE to visit the National Centre for Diversity website