Accessibility Plan

Please note that this policy is currently under review by our Governing Body.

Policy Details
Date created05/2018
Date reviewed
Next review date05/2021
Date approved2018

Aims

Schools are required under the Equality Act 2010 to have an accessibility plan. The purpose of the plan is to:

  • Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
  • Improve the physical environment of the school to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided
  • Improve the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils

Our school aims to treat all its pupils fairly and with respect. This involves providing access and opportunities for all pupils without discrimination of any kind.

We are committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education and individual needs.  We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school.

The plan will be made available online on the school website, and paper copies are available upon request.

Our school is also committed to ensuring staff are trained in equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010, including understanding disability issues.

The school supports any available partnerships to develop and implement the plan.

Our school’s complaints procedure covers the accessibility plan. If you have any concerns relating to accessibility in school, this procedure sets out the process for raising these concerns.

We have included a range of stakeholders in the development of this accessibility plan, including governors.

Legislation and guidance

This document meets the requirements of schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010 and the Department for Education (DfE) guidance for schools on the Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 defines an individual as disabled if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ adverse effect on his or her ability to undertake normal day to day activities. 

Under the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice, ‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’. The definition includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and cancer.

Schools are required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for pupils with disabilities under the Equality Act 2010, to alleviate any substantial disadvantage that a disabled pupil faces in comparison with non-disabled pupils. This can include, for example, the provision of an auxiliary aid or adjustments to premises.

Action plan

This action plan sets out the aims of our accessibility plan in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

AimCurrent Good PracticeObjectivesActions To Be TakenPerson ResponsibleTimescaleEvaluation
Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disabilityOur school offers a differentiated curriculum for all pupils.
We use resources tailored to the needs of pupils who require support to access the curriculum.
Curriculum resources include examples of people with disabilities.
Curriculum progress is tracked for all pupils, including those with a disability.
Targets are set effectively and are appropriate for pupils with additional needs. 
The curriculum is reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of all pupils.
To be able to reflect identified areas of need in lesson planning and delivery.
To be able to ensure access to computer technology where appropriate for pupils with disabilities.
Incorporate Quality First Teaching into all lessons. Staff training in disability awareness where appropriate to reflect diverse needs of students within the school and anticipatory duties.
Use of resources to increase student participation. Purchase/arrange computer technology as required for pupils with disabilities. School staff to update on available technology.
All StaffOngoing
Improve and maintain access to the physical environmentThe environment is adapted to the needs of pupils as required.
This includes:
– Level access
– Elevators
– Corridor width
– Disabled parking bays
– Disabled toilets 
– Library shelves, door handles, and light switches at wheelchair-accessible height
To be able to ensure that access to school buildings and site can meet diverse pupil needs.
To be able to ensure that classrooms are optimally organised for disabled pupils within current restraints.
To be able to identify needs and actions for future improvements.
Monitor accessibility and clarity of signs around the school.
Monitor awareness of independent access. Clear identification of room functions.
Plan classrooms in accordance with pupil needs.
Organise resources within classrooms to reflect student need.
Incorporate accessibility into any proposed structural alternatives.
Governors

Senior Leadership Team
Ongoing
Improve the delivery of information to pupils with a disabilityOur school can make available through SEND Services a range of communication methods to ensure information is accessible.To be able to make newsletters and school documents available in alternative formats.
To be able to make staff aware of children/parents with disabilities.
Large print and audio formats as required.
School texting service to be used for parents.
All lessons to consider the adjustments needed to ensure access for children with disabilities.
Governors

Senior Leadership Team

All Staff
Ongoing

Monitoring arrangements

This document will be reviewed every 3 years but may be reviewed and updated more frequently if necessary. 

It will be approved by the governing body.

Links with other policies

This accessibility plan is linked to the following policies and documents:

  • Risk assessment policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Equality Information and Objectives (public sector equality duty) Statement for Publication
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information Report
  • Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy

Appendix 1: Accessibility audit

FeatureDescriptionActions To Be TakenPerson ResponsibleDate To Complete Actions By
Number of storeysTwo storeysLift and evacuation chair for emergenciesGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
Corridor accessWide enough for wheelchair accessNone requiredGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
LiftsOne lift regularly serviced and maintainedService and maintainGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
Parking baysTwo disabled baysUsed by disabled persons onlyGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
EntrancesWide enough for wheelchair access and level accessNone requiredGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
ToiletsTwo on Ground Floor
Two on Second Floor
Service and maintainGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
Reception areaWheelchair bay for signed inNone requiredGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
Internal signageClearly signed rooms, disabled toilet etcReview as necessaryGovernors

Senior Leadership Team
Emergency escape routesClearly signed fire doors regularly testedHealth and safety audits and site supervisors checksGovernors

Senior Leadership Team