I am writing to you today at a time when many of us, perhaps all of us, are experiencing a profound sense of unease or hurt, triggered by the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests around the world, including here in Britain, but undeniably an issue before those events. This sense is no doubt exacerbated for our colleagues from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
I, however, have always been proud to be part of an organisation that celebrates all people as equals and The Beckmead Trust is fortunate to have amazing people from all backgrounds and communities within it.
We are founded on equality and respect, and demonstrate it every day, treating our colleagues and the children and young people we care for, as well as those from outside our organisation, with compassion, kindness and empathy irrespective of race, religion, ability, gender, sexual orientation or class.
As an education institution, we are in a privileged position where we can influence change and I am proud that we are an organisation that does so positively for all.
By continuing to oppose discrimination including racism, in all our work and through our own lives, we can continue to address and overcome issues, including around race and equality.
Finally, I would like to repeat how fortunate I consider myself to work with you and our colleagues – you are an extraordinary group of people, doing extraordinary work for the children and young people we work with. Inclusivity and diversity are cornerstones of our work, and will continue to be, so that we maintain the relationships that underpin our success as people and as an organisation.