Celebrate our Community

Please come and join us on Thursday 29th February from 08:30 for our ‘Celebrate Islam’ event as part of our Celebrate our Community events that will be taking place this year!

Some of our wonderful Islamic families will have some tables in our hall displaying some interesting information which they feel is important to share with the children at Bowker Vale and their families about Islam.

We would love as many of you as possible to come along from 08:30 on Thursday 29th February.

We would also like to thank all our Islamic families parents for working collaboratively with us and for organising such a great event.

Sikhism Morning

This month we held our first ‘Celebrate our Community’ event where our wonderful Sikh families brought food and artefacts which they felt were important for the children and families of Bowker Vale to know and understand about Sikhism. They then shared an assembly all about Sikhism. It was really special! Thank you so much to our Sikh families for planning, hosting and leading such a wonderful event and to all the families who attended in the morning. We can not wait for our next event next month!

Celebrate our Community!

Throughout the year, we are going to be hosting celebrations of some of the different religious communities that make up our Bowker Vale school family!         

We would love to work alongside our parents and carers to plan and host these celebrations, welcoming you to share your culture, religion, stories, food – anything and everything that you feel is important to share with the children at Bowker Vale and their families.

If you are a member of the Sikh community, we are looking for you to help us with our next celebration: Sikhism!

We would like to invite you to school on Monday 11th December at 2:15pm to discuss our first event.


Year 6 Wheelchair Basketball

Year 6 were treated to an amazing and inspirational presentation with the incredible Shaun Gash from ‘Moments of Inspiration’.

Shaun thrives on adrenaline and believes that anything is possible. He has been in a chair for over 2 decades and is always looking for the next big challenge to push his own boundaries and inspire others to push theirs when they are faced with a barrier.

Year 6 were really thrilled to have met him.

They then had a fun afternoon of playing wheelchair basketball!

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equal opportunities for all
Differences and similarities celebrated
Involved, valued, welcomed and safe

At Bowker Vale, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race and culture, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

In the Autumn Term 2022 we are forming a dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group, to be made up of governors, pupils, staff and parents/carers. The EDI working group will meet termly to ensure EDI is embedded and developed throughout our school community. If any parents or carers would like to join the group, please see Mrs Jacques.

The Equality Act 2010 requires schools to publish information to show how we are working to:

  • Eliminate discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between groups of people

The protected characteristics – which relate to a primary school – are:

  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Race
  • Religion and belief

Other groups of pupils we believe it is also important to consider are:

  • Children Looked After/ children who were previously looked-after
  • Young carers
  • Pupils eligible for free school meals or living in poverty

This information forms part of our published information and is designed to show what will be most useful and important to our families.

At Bowker Vale we strive to treat each member of our community as an individual; to make each individual feel valued and to teach our pupils to do the same. Trying to achieve this for all our pupils involves us learning what we all have in common as well as celebrating our many differences. We recognise that children learn best in an environment where everyone feels safe, valued, and welcome in an inclusive way. We believe everyone has the same rights but have individual needs and it is vital to ensure that all aspects of school life are ‘fair’ and appropriate and not necessarily always the same for everyone. 

We teach the children about equality, diversity and inclusion embedded throughout the curriculum, through regular opportunities in assembly, during educational visits, with visitors and we aim to reflect these values in our day to day interactions with the children.

We teach children about insults and suitable language and the impact of prejudicial language.  We make every effort to make our playgrounds safe and enjoyable places to be.  We place a high priority on regular training of staff in areas such as first aid and positive handling techniques. We value our ‘Pupil Voice’ input and their views and opinions are regularly sought in a variety of ways, including using our pupil leader group (the Bowker Leaders) with equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do.