A group of schools have joined forces to draw up an equality and diversity charter.
The Otley Family of Schools Equality and Diversity Charter will be launched on June 30 at Otley Courthouse at a celebration event featuring performances from all the schools.
As well as schoolchildren and their parents, invited guests include Alex Sobel MP and Otley Town Mayor, Councillor Nigel Francis.
The Otley Family of Schools encompasses schools in the town as well as Bramhope and Pool-in-Wharfedale consisting of: All Saints CE Primary School, Ashfield Primary School, Bramhope Primary School, Pool CE Primary School, Prince Henry’s Grammar School, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, The Wharton’s Primary School and Westgate Primary School.
Christopher Lillington, assistant headteacher at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, said: “The charter embeds the global citizenship values on which we, as a group of schools, work with our
students of every age, working to create inclusive and outward looking communities.
“These values are such an important part of the work which we do in our schools and this charter will give us a real opportunity to share them with our wider community.”
The charter revolves around seven key principles: respect; challenging stereotypes; equality; actively creating a better society; good relationships between all people; valuing the world’s diversity and making the world a fairer place.
It will be adopted by all the schools, with work taking place with pupils and parents and carers to embed the principles across the group.
The charter, which is being highlighted to the wider community, builds on the work done by the schools since their 2010 Anti-Racism Charter.