Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity
We know the importance that wellbeing plays in our everyday life and continue to keep student and staff wellbeing high up on our agenda across CTK. Our staff and student wellbeing groups have met regularly this term and several initiatives continue to be taken forward as we recover from the COVID Pandemic.
Time to Talk Day was a great National Awareness Day which encouraged individuals to reflect on their own mental wellbeing. At St Mary’s, our Chaplaincy team organised a “coffee and a chat” morning, where staff could discuss topics picked randomly to engage in supportive conversation. Those who took part enjoyed the event.
Students at St Mary’s have also had the opportunity to take part in Mental Health Wellbeing training which helped increase awareness of key wellbeing issues. The course was very well attended, and students were grateful for the opportunity to learn how to support others within our CTK community.
The EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) committee has also been working tremendously hard and continues to implement their fantastic ideas at CTK. This half-term saw the launch of CTK’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, a policy that is both warmly welcomed and fully endorsed by the CTK community. We were also delighted to welcome Dr Maxine Room CBE to CTK who delivered an outstanding briefing on Protected Characteristics.
CTK Sixth Forms continues to celebrate their diverse community in many ways including through a number of staff and student led societies and clubs. Our student lead societies meet regularly and our staff and students ensure that Equality and Diversity is embedded and promoted within our curriculum and 10:10 programme. At each site our LGBTQ+ groups meet regularly and are currently celebrating LGBTQ+ history month.
The sixth form’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and working groups have also organised sessions for staff and students on unconscious bias, decolonising the curriculum and on the achievement of ancient Africans.
Miss Amony, Assistant Principal, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion said, “We have an outstanding community at CTK, our staff and students come from such diverse backgrounds, it is important that we celebrate our community. We continue to raise awareness of all protected characteristics with our staff and students and I am so proud of our communities engagement and commitment to promoting equality and diversity.”
Dwayne ST MARY'S Course: A Level History, Spanish, Maths
“I'm aiming to study Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. At CTK all students are equally as motivated to do well, it's a good environment to be in. Teachers really try their hardest to make sure that their students achieve what they are capable of and ensure you get the best grades possible.”
Ella Mae ST MARY'S Grades achieved: A A B A Course: A Level Law Level Psychology A Level Sociology Extended Project
“What I enjoyed about CTK was meeting students from different backgrounds and sharing a desire to succeed. As an Advanced Graduate Programme student, I was given the motivation and confidence to work to the best of my ability. ”
Samad ST MARY'S Course: A Level Media, English Literature and Language and French
“I have really enjoyed my course trips. Also, knowing that everyone else is starting Sixth Form at the same time as you, makes meeting new people and fitting in a lot easier and fun. My teachers have helped me overcome my fear of interacting during class discussions. They encouraged me to participate by giving presentations to the whole class, which boosted my confidence. Teachers will motivate you to achieve the best of your ability.”
Oluwafoluhanmi ST MARY'S Course: A Level Biology, Chemistry and PE
“Although studying A Levels can be challenging, my teachers make my lessons enjoyable and easier to understand. The teachers at CTK are really friendly and are more than happy to help. I hope to go on to study Physiotherapy at University.”
Alice ST MARY'S Grades achieved: D*D*D* Course: BTEC Sport and Exercise Science Level 3
“I'm going to St Mary's University, Twickenham to study Sport Science. My BTEC course was unique. The pastoral support at CTK was excellent and the extra support from teachers helped me stay on track. I would recommend CTK because of the support that staff give students”