At Woodside we see the differences between people as enriching to society and something to be celebrated. We are committed to treating everyone fairly and hold any discrimination, bullying or exclusion of a person for any reason to be abhorrent and unacceptable. Our commitment to this has been established in our vision statement and outlined in our Equality and Diversity Policy. We are also working to overcome any barriers to learning that any particular groups may have and have a range of interventions in place for this purpose.
We specifically monitor the progress of groups sometimes found to achieve less highly than all children generally. In September 2016 we were presented with the Learning Workz Gold Award for Diversity by the deputy Mayor of Thurrock Tunde Ojetola as recognition of our work in eliminating discrimination.. Since then we have completed our extension adding two more disabled toilets and a lift providing access to the whole of our first floor. Woodside was the lead school in the first Holocaust Memorial Day event held at Thameside Theatre, our Steel Band has played at Tilbury Cruise Terminal for the Windrush 70 event at other occasions throughout the borough, and our Gamelan groups at Thurrock Music festival and Thurrock International Celebration of Culture. We have ensured all staff are trained to recognize and report indications of extremism as part of the government's Prevent strategy.
Woodside Academy has a firm commitment to equality written into its vision statement, continually seeking to ensure equality and fairness for everyone and celebrating diversity. This means individuals with the characteristics specified by the 2010 Equality Act of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity are protected through the school's policies and working practices.