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School Accessibility Policy 2019 - 2022

School Accessibility Policy 2019 - 2022

 

 

 ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

 (Mark 12:31)    

 

This policy has been approved and adopted by the Governing Body in May 2019 and will be reviewed in May 2022.    

 

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

 

At St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School we treat all pupils fairly and with respect. This involves providing access and opportunities for all pupils without discrimination of any kind.

 

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School is committed to providing an environment that enables full access and participation in the school community for all pupils, staff and visitors with a disability, where this can be reasonably achieved, regardless of their physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. The school has a culture of support and inclusiveness.

 

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.

 

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 pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school.

 

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 (Appendix 1).

 

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School comprises of a single storey building with two junior classrooms on a first floor accessed by stairs. The Care Suite has a disabled toilet and a disabled shower with a hoist and a changing bed. There is a second disabled toilet and shower for adults. The corridors are wide with good disabled access to the classrooms. Each classroom on the ground floor has a fire exit which is accessible by wheelchair, although some require assistance, depending on the child.

 

The site is mainly flat with a ramp to the main entrance and a ramp from a pedestrian gate to the playground. Access to the playing field is via a grass slope which is too steep for unassisted wheelchair access. The alternative routes through the fire exit at the end of the KS2 corridor.  Although the grass to the field is a slope, the incline is gentler, and a wheelchair can be pushed onto the main field.

 

Whilst the Equality Act does not require schools to change their premises, it does require long-term plans to be made for improving access to the premises. St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School is committed to providing all children with every opportunity to achieve their potential in every aspect of school life. When a request is received from parents or the Local Authority for a pupil to attend the school, professional advice from Support Services and other relevant professionals will be sought when necessary to enable an assessment of the individual’s needs to be made. This will include access to the various parts of the school and the requirements of the National Curriculum.

 

Parents and carers of pupils with disabilities will be consulted to identify and where possible, remove any obstacles to learning. Such obstacles could include physical, sensory, learning difficulties or emotional or social development as well as the learning environment experienced within the school.

 

The Staff at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School value pupils of different abilities. The National Curriculum will be implemented to meet the specific needs of individuals and groups of children by;

• setting suitable learning challenges, including My Support Plans (MSPs)

• responding to children’s diverse learning needs,

• overcoming potential barriers to learning for individuals and groups of pupils, by accessing adult support, intervention programmes, tailored speech and language therapy programmes, use of Information and Computer Technology (ICT) and visual and sensory aids,

• ensuring individuals are able to access other curricular opportunities outside the National Curriculum such as school trips, after school clubs and special events such as sports days, visits by theatre groups.

 

Monitoring arrangements

 

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

 

Links with other policies

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

  • Risk assessments
  • 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
 

Accessibility Plan – Appendix 1

 Physical Access to and within the school.

AIM

CURRENT GOOD PRACTICE

Including established practice and practice under development

OBJECTIVES

State short, medium and long term objectives

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN

PERSON RESPONSIBLE

DATE TO COMPLETE ACTIONS BY

SUCCESS CRITERIA

The school building and grounds are accessible to all.

Disabled parking bay marked within staff car park.

Access ramp between car park and school office.

Double width doorways on all entrances/exits of the school.

When required, cohorts accommodated downstairs to prevent Y5/6 stairwell causing restrictions.

Access ramp from playground gate to KS1 playground.

The school building and grounds continue to be accessible to all as the community members change.

Monitor access requirements for pupils, staff and visitors.

Head teacher

Business Manager

SENCO

Ongoing

All staff, pupils and visitors have access to all activities.

The facilities ensure physical and medical care needs are met.

Care Suite available in KS1 department:

Adjustable bed, hoist, raised toilet, shower cubicle with seat,  

The facilities ensure physical and medical care needs continue to be met as the community members change.

Monitor access requirements for pupils, staff and visitors.

Head teacher

Business Manager

SENCO

Ongoing

All staff, pupils and visitors have access to all activities.

Individual requirements met through support from LA and other professional bodies.

Steps, seating, benches, toilet seats all loaned from Wiltshire and Hampshire County Council to ensure ongoing physical support needs met, as required.

Identified individual members of the community’s needs continue to be met through reasonable adjustments.

MSPs and ECHP reviews to include OT, Physio, medical professionals and parental views.

 

Head teacher

SENCO

Head of KS1

Class teachers

Support staff

Termly

Physical development continues to be supported and developed.

 

Improving Curriculum Access

AIM

CURRENT GOOD PRACTICE

Including established practice and practice under development

OBJECTIVES

State short, medium and long term objectives

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN

PERSON RESPONSIBLE

DATE TO COMPLETE ACTIONS BY

SUCCESS CRITERIA

Teachers and LSA’s receive quality CPD to ensure the curriculum meets the needs of all members of our community.

Makaton Training – Sept 18

Autism Training – April 19

Update staff knowledge:

Autism

Dyslexia

Down Syndrome

Dyscalculia

Dyspraxia

Sensory Needs

Staff to cascade learning from CPD – SENCO and class teachers

SENCO to complete staff confidence survey and provide training opportunities to meet needs.

SENCO

 

Head teacher

Summer 19 – for delivery 2019 – 2020

 

Summer 20 – for delivery 2020 - 2021

Staff knowledge and confidence to adapt provision impacts on pupil participation and progress.

Key staff are appropriately trained to ensure correct Manual Handling Techniques are used to support identified pupils.

School is equipped with appropriate equipment  - care suite

Key staff have received Manual Handling Training.

Provide training for staff

SENCO

Head teacher

Business Manager

Summer 19 – SENCO/KS1 staff

 

Summer 2021 – KS2 staff

Key staff trained in practical techniques of essential manual handling.          

All identified-pupils and staff have immediate access to inhalers and epi-pens.

Medication kept in Red Boxes within each class – positioned beneath whiteboard.

Red boxes follow the class to all locations – hall, playground, Serenity Room

Pupils with Epi-pens carry their medication.

Red Boxes checked, reviewed and updated as necessary half-termly.

Annual Epi-pen training.

All staff and key-pupils confident in finding and administering medication.

Yearly Epi-Pen training

Half-Termly Red Box Checks

Monitoring of Red Boxes following cohorts around school grounds.

Headteacher

 

Business Manager

 

Office Staff

 

All classroom staff

Half-Termly

Red Boxes with class at all times.

 

Medication up-to-date and readily available.

 

Medical conditions managed well.

Medication and medical procedures are administered effectively and appropriately.

All staff trained in emergency first aid.

Early Years staff trained in paediatric first aid.

Office staff and one support staff trained in First Aid at Work.

SMB trained “Managing Pupils with Medical Conditions”.

Formal procedures known by all staff, and carried out mainly support staff – see Managing Children with Medical Conditions policy.

Locked cabinet in school office for storing room-temperature medication.  Fridge in staff-only area for storing refrigerated medication.

All staff and key-pupils confident in finding and administering medication.

First Aid training to be maintained.

Implementing any improvements to procedures as identified through day-to-day operations.

Head teacher

Business Manager

Office Staff

Ongoing

Medical Conditions are managed well.

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