Downderry Primary School sits within the ward of Downham, where 46.5% of residents are from Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. This is reflected in the diverse pupil population, which comprises over 21 different ethnic groups. The school has no religious affiliation, with all cultures represented within the school celebrated.
Downderry is opposed to all forms of prejudice and we recognise that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fair less well in the education system. We are committed to standing against racism and injustice and alongside and in solidarity with all members of the community we serve.
We welcome our duties under the Equality Act and the combined equality duty. We understand the principal of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.
We are committed to closing the attainment gap for all underachieving groups, enabling all children to achieve their full potential. In doing so we support Lewisham’s Embedding Race Equality Pledge, to embed race equality and address Black Caribbean heritage and Black and Minority Ethnic under achievement across the borough of Lewisham.
We are expecting all Lewisham schools to publicly sign up to a pledge to Embed Race Equality and address Black Caribbean heritage and Black and Minority Ethnic under achievement.
This will entail a commitment to: