The population of Cheshire contains a very small proportion of non white ethnic groups when compared with the rest of England in general, however there has been growth since the census of 2001.National Census data from 2011 shows Cheshire West and Chester has 2.6% non white residents and Cheshire East has 3.2% compared to the England and Wales figure of 14% and the North West of England figure of 9.8%. Around half the College students originate from the Cheshire area; consequently the percentage of minority ethnic groups reflected in the student population is small.

College analysis of ethnic diversity on full-time and part-time programmes in 2016/17 indicates that this stands at approximately just 2.5%. The College continues to actively depict ethnically diverse learners on its promotional materials. Many of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups (BAME) students come from the food industry both for HE and full cost courses.

Age: FE Students

Within the learning community, the College has a wide range of age groups represented. Unsurprisingly, the largest age group of College learners is the 16-18 category with 66% of the student body falling into this category with the large majority of these learners on FE programmes. Within HE provision,59% of learners were 19-23.

Disability and Learning Needs

The College encourages all learners to confidentially declare any disability or learning difficulty to enable appropriate support to be offered. Most students choose to declare a disability or learning difficulty and 32% are identified in this category in 2015/16, a 6 percentage point rise on 14/15. This area of need is an increasing challenge for the College with students on both FE and HE programmes joining us with an ever increasing complexity of learning needs. The College Learning Support Centre (LSC) services FE and Apprenticeship Provision, whilst HE is serviced by the Higher Education Support Team (HEST), with their core aim to provide an environment that supports all properly qualified and able applicants to successfully complete programmes of study, irrespective of physical disabilities and impairments.

Disadvantaged Learners

The College recruits a number of learners who would be considered disadvantaged due to their socio-economic factors, including postcode of residence and eligibility for ‘Free School Meals’ (FSM), which is means tested on parental income. In 16/17, approximately 33% of learners across all provision resided in a ‘disadvantaged’ postcode, whilst approximately 10% were eligible for FSM due to parental income.


The gender split within the workforce of Reaseheath College is 60% female and 40% male, this is a slight adjustment in favour of female staff over last year’s data which was 58% female, 42% male.

Age: Staff

The College continues to reflect the demographics of its community. It has seen a further rise in the percentage of 65+ employees. The College employs a broad and balanced range of ages with the median at age 42. 17% of the College workforce is 55 or over and 17% of the workforce is under the age of 30.

The information shown on this page demonstrates how the College is working towards/complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty and has in the performance of its corporate responsibilities due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

Our Equality and Diversity objectives

Eliminate unlawful discrimination

  • Deliver high quality training to all staff that promotes best practice and reinforces minimum standards thus ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and compliance (including to the Prevent agenda).
  • Ensure the College values of People, Responsibility, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence are promoted and reinforced with staff, students and visitors

Advance equality of opportunity

  • Promote equality and diversity of opportunity through high quality teaching and learning
  • Recognise and celebrate best practice in equality and diversity
  • Enhance the opportunity for success for those from disadvantaged and minority populations

Foster good relations

  • Maximise opportunities to embed equality and diversity in lessons and through College wide initiatives, events and campaigns

Equality and Diversity Strategic Framework