This Accessibility Plan has been drawn up in consultation with the Local Authority, pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school and covers the period from December 2013 – December 2016
We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
Our Lady and St Edward’s plans, over time, to increase the accessibility of provision for all pupils, staff and visitors to the school. The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant actions to
- improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as are necessary. This covers improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education.
- Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils with a disability are as equally prepared for life as are the able-bodied pupils. This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment.
- Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. For example handouts, timetables, textbooks and information about the school and events. The information should be made available in various preferred formats within a reasonable time frame.
Attached are Action Plans, relating to these key aspects of accessibility. These plans will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis. New Plans will be drawn up every three years.
We acknowledge that there is a need for ongoing awareness raising and training for staff and Governors in the matter of
disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter.
The Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the following policies, strategies and documents
- Equal Opportunities and Diversity
- Staff Development
- Health and Safety (including off-site safety)
- Special Educational Needs
- Behaviour Management
- School Improvement Plan
- Asset Management Plan
The Action Plan for physical accessibility relates to the Access Audit of the School, which is undertaken regularly by the Local Authority. It may not be feasible to undertake some of the works during the life of this first Accessibility Plan and therefore some items will roll forward into subsequent plans. The audit will need to be revisited prior to the end of each first three-year plan period in order to inform the development of the new Plan for the following period.
As Curriculum policies are reviewed, a section relating to access will be added to that on
Equality and Diversity. The terms of reference for all governors’ committees will contain an item on ‘having regard to matters relating to access.’
The school website will make reference to this Accessibility Plan
The school complaints procedure covers the Accessibility Plan.
The Plan will be monitored through the Curriculum and the Building/Health and Safety Committees of the Governors.
The school will work in partnership with the Local Authority and the Diocese of Shrewsbury
The Plan will be monitored by Ofsted as part of their inspection cycle.
Our Lady and St Edward’s Accessibility Plan
Improving Physical Access
Recent adaptations to improve physical access have included: ramps at a number of entry points to the building including:
Year 1 classrooms
F2 and F1 classroom
Key Stage 2 Entrance
Disabled toilets in main Year 1 corridor
Library, muti-practical rooms have been positioned in the ground floor to enable easy access for all pupils, staff and parents.
Computer suite has been re-organised with computers being placed throughout the school. This has enabled more IT in all classrooms, rather than accessing computers upstairs.
|Light switches, Power sockets and alarm buttons||To be moved to wheelchair height when money allows||By 2016||To be confirmed|
|Access to upstairs has been assessed the stairwells are too narrow to allow a lift to be installed||Pupils, staff who cannot access stairs to be accommodated on ground floor, computers, library etc to be accessed on ground floor||September 2013||£20,000.00|
Improving access to the curriculum
|Training for staff in differentiating the Curriculum||Undertake an audit of staff training requirements||All teachers are able to more fully meet the requirements of disabled children’s needs with regard to accessing the Curriculum.||2014-2015||Increase in access to the National Curriculum|
|Training for staff in differentiating the Curriculum||Review the specific needs for pupils living with a disability, in terms of basic daily living skills, relationships and future aspiration||Teachers are aware of the relevant issues and can ensure that this group has equality of access to life preparation learning. The use of other professional partners has been made available||Ongoing||All pupils will have experience of basic cooking skills. Every pupil will have a cookery lesson/activity each term in small key stage groups|
|All out-of-school activities are planned to ensure that participation of the whole range of pupils.||Review all out-of-school provision to ensure compliance with legislation.||All out-of –school activities will be conducted in an inclusive environment with providers that comply with all current and future legislative requirements||2013-2016||Increase in all access to all school activities|
|Classrooms are optimally organised to promote the participation and independence of all pupils.||Review and implement a preferred layout of furniture and equipment to support the learning process in individual class bases||Lessons do not require time for adjustments to be made to accommodate the needs of individual pupils||2013-2016||Increase in access to the National Curriculum|
|Training for Awareness Raising of Disability Issues||Provide training for staff, Govs, pupils and parentsDiscuss perception of issues with staff to determine the current status of school.||Whole school community aware of issues relating to Access||Society will benefit by a more inclusive school and social environment.|
Improving the delivery of written information
|Availability of written material in alternative formats||The school will make itself aware of the services available through the LA for converting written information into alternative formats||The school will be able to provide written information in different formats when required for individual purposes.Updated comprehensive website
|2013-2016 and as necessary||Delivery of information to disabled pupils improved.All parents will have access to IT and the website, through the school library if they do not have internet access at home|
|Make available school brochures, school newsletters and other information for parents in alternative formats||Review all current school publications and promote the availability in different formats for those that require it.||All school information available for all.Website will contain a wider range of resources including data and policies||2013-2016||Delivery of school information to parents and the local community improved|
|Review documentation with a view to ensuring accessibility for pupils with visual impairment||Get advice from HVSS on alternative formats and us IT software to produce customised materials||All school information available for all||Delivery of school information to pupils and parents with visual difficulties improved.|
|Raise the awareness of adults working at and for the school on the importance of good communication systems||Arrange training courses||Awareness of target group raised||School is more effective in meeting pupil’s needs|