Equality & Diversity

At Ormiston Maritime Academy we see it as our responsibility to treat others with respect. Equality and diversity are fundamental to our core beliefs and values – we welcome pupils and staff from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, and backgrounds. We welcome diversity and acknowledge that our differences bring value to our Academy.


Equality means treating everyone with fairness and respect and recognising the needs of individuals. Ormiston Maritime Academy ensures that we promote an understanding of equality amongst its student body and through pastoral care.


Diversity acknowledges that there are differences between people. Ormiston Maritime Academy values and respects our variety of backgrounds, perspectives and beliefs – we understand that our school is representative of our wider community and that the skills we learn here are directly applicable to life after OMA. We celebrate the strength that our diversity brings.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 defines direct discrimination as occurring when someone is treated less favourably than another person because of a protected characteristic they have, or are perceived to have. The protected characteristics as set out by the Equality Act are:

  • Age
  • Disability or a long-term health condition
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnerships
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex (previously referred to as gender)
  • Sexual orientation

Ormiston Maritime Academy will not accept harassment or victimisation of any kind, and perpetrators are liable to action under the Academy’s Behaviour Policy.

Visit our policies page to read our full  Equality Information and Objectives report.