Equality & Diversity

Portsmouth College is located in a diverse community and is wholly committed to reflect that within its own College community. In striving to maintain its egalitarian status, the College will ensure equality of opportunity for all. The College community celebrates its diversity and will never tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisation. As part of our mission we are inclusive and will enable all members of our community to thrive and achieve excellent education outcomes and to realise their very best future prospects.

Our Core Values

The College values equality, diversity and most of all is committed to mutual respect throught the College community.

Our core values are to:

  • Raise expectations, aspirations and promote ambition and a love of learning
  • Sustain high levels of achievement, ensuring all students do achieve their potential and progress with confidence
  • Promote responsible behaviour and a friendly approach in everything we do
  • Ensure equality of access to all opportunities and services for all members of the College community
  • Maintain fair and non-discriminatory treatment for everyone
  • Promote and celebrate positive attitudes towards diversity
  • Encourage initiative, professional attitudes and a high level of commitment to learning
  • Promote creativity, innovative and entrepreneurial skills and attributes
  • Develop high levels of self esteem, self belief and aspiration for all
  • Sustain high levels of progression into Higher Education and appropriate employment opportunities
  • Actively promote social inclusion, and widening participation
  • Encourage a sense of curiosity, fun and well being
  • Listen to and learn from our students and act upon their views


The College’s Equality and Diversity policy and our approach to the Single Equality Duty addresses the College’s legal duties and responsibilities to equality and diversity. The aim of the College Equality and Diversity policy is to eliminate and ideally prevent, all forms of unfair discrimination that might occur in the College.

The college will continuously strive to:

  • Develop an awareness of equality and diversity issues amongst all staff, students, governors and visitors
  • Encourage the promotion of equality and celebration of diversity in all aspects of College life
  • Foster good relations between persons who share protected characteristics and persons who do not share them
  • Ensure that all members of the College community are valued equally
  • Eliminate discriminatory practices, ensuring equitable treatment within the College and responding promptly to any concerns regarding inequitable treatment
  • Eliminate all forms of harassment and victimisation
  • Monitor equality and diversity and deal with any concerns which arise
  • Comply with all general and specific duties set down by the public sector equality duty

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