Accessibility Plan for Shawclough Community Primary School
Date: November 2015
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines disability as:
“A person has a disability 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 carry out normal day to day activities”.
It is the overall aim of Shawclough Community Primary School to do all that is reasonably possible to ensure our environment is accessible to all children, staff and visitors –complying with the legal requirements as set out in the Disability Act 2010.
At Shawclough we aim:
- Not to treat disabled pupils less favourably for a reason related to their disability;
- To make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, so that they are not at a substantial disadvantage;
- To plan to increase access to education for disabled pupils.
This plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of Shawclough to increase the access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas highlighted above:
- Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum;
- Improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;
- Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.
This plan will be resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary.
At Shawclough Community Primary School we are committed to providing a fully accessible environment and curriculum which values and includes all children and enables them to achieve their very best regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.
We aim to remove all barriers to ensure that every child can enjoy and fully participate in all aspects of school life and benefit from opportunities we provide.
Shawclough is a larger than average primary school situated in the north east of Rochdale.
In relation to the curriculum the following practices are currently in place:
- There are established procedures in place for the identification and support of pupils with special educational needs (see SEN policy).
- Differentiated curriculum to enable all pupils to feel secure and make progress.
- Regular home-school contact.
- Teaching assistants
- Links with outside agencies.
- Pupil information given to staff.
In relation to the physical environment we currently have:
- Ramps in place to enable access into school
- Stair lifts
- Lowered kerbs
- Disabled access signs
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilets
- Personal Evacuation Plans in place in case of a fire
- Some children may need assistance when moving around school (this maybe at quitter times to avoid busy corridors)
- Some children may require the support of a teaching assistant during lessons (for example P.E)
We have acknowledged the need to improve access into community –therefore during the academic year 2015-2016 the community door/entrance will be improved to ensure better access.
As a school, we will annually review the schools strengths and areas for improvement when working with disabled pupils.
Management, coordination and implementation
We share a whole school approach to meeting the requirements outlined in our accessibility plan and review the process on an annual basis. The review forms part of our school development planning process. We ensure that all staff receive training and support in meeting the requirements of the accessibility plan.
THE MAIN PRIORITIES
- Increasing the extent to which children and young people can participate in the school curriculum.
- Improving the physical environment of the school to increase the extent to which children and young people can take advantage of education and associated services.
- Improving the delivery to disables pupils of information which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.
Other policies and plans:
- Equality, diversity and community cohesion
- SEN and inclusion
Access to the plan
- On request from the school office
- On the schools ‘o’ drive
- School website