2014 Accord Inclusivity Award Winners
In January 2014 Stockport Academy was awarded first place in the Secondary School category of this National competiton.
Below is the statement released by the Accord Coalition.
"Stockport Academy, a Christian faith school that chooses not to select pupils by faith; challenges homophobia; provides a varied programme of school assemblies and considers a wide range of beliefs in its Religious Education (RE) has been awarded first place in the Award’s secondary school category. The school earned strong praise from the judging panel for combining a strong Christian ethic with a thorough commitment to inclusivity. The school’s approach included:
- running diversity days, which included outside speakers seeking to advance racial tolerance and integration, prevent homophobia, tackle discrimination against alternative sub-cultures and challenge stigma associated with mental ill health
- running school assemblies that echoed these themes and marked festivals of other religions
- sending staff for training on tackling homophobia
- delivering Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, including Sex and Relationships Education
- organising charitable activities that benefit recipients without regard to their religion or belief
- considering other major faiths and arguments for and against the existence of God in RE, and encouraging students to come to their own conclusions in regards to matters of spirituality
- making wide-ranging progress after weaknesses were highlighted by OFSTED
Chair of the Accord Coalition, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE, said ‘This year’s winning school – Stockport Academy provides a model for other faith schools, showing that they can have a religious foundation and be free from discrimination towards children. It is a rebuke to those who argue that a faith school will lose its character if it opens its doors to the wider community. It also provides an inclusive values based curriculum that instils critical thinking skills.
Commenting on receiving the award Stockport Academy Principal, Frank McCarron, said ‘In terms of its approach to inclusivity, Stockport Academy has come a very long way in a relatively short space of time – a credit to the hard work and dedication of students and staff alike. To receive national recognition is the icing on the cake and helps give further focus to what is an ongoing journey for everyone at the academy.’"