Accessibility Plan 2017-2020

Statement of intent

At Walton Holymoorside Primary and Nursery School we are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values all pupils, staff, parents and visitors. We are committed to creating a whole school culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion of all, regardless of any physical, social, sensory, cultural or emotional need. This plan should be read in conjunction with the School Improvement Plan and outlines the proposals of the Governing Board of Walton Holymoorside Primary and Nursery School to increase access to education for pupils with disabilities in the three areas required by the planning duties in the Equality Act 2010 and to fulfil our school mission statement for all pupils: Welcoming, Helping, Progressing, Smiling.

A person is regarded as having a disability under the Act where the person has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

This plan aims to:
1. Increase access to the curriculum, for pupils with disabilities, including the wider curriculum and all other aspects of school life.
2. Improve the physical environment of the school to increase the extent to which pupils and adults with disabilities can be included.
3. Improve the availability of accessible information for pupils, parents, staff and visitors with disabilities.

The above aims will be achieved through an action plan and within reasonable timeframes, and in conjunction and consultation with pupils and adults with disabilities. The Governing Board also recognises its responsibilities towards employees with disabilities and will:

  • Monitor recruitment procedures to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with equal opportunities.
  • Provide appropriate support and provision for employees with disabilities to ensure that they can carry out their work effectively without barriers.
  • Undertake reasonable adjustments to enable staff to access the workplace.

The plan will be resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised regularly in consultation with:

  • The parents/carers of pupils
  • The headteacher and other relevant members of staff
  • Governors
  • External partners

The action plan will be in place for 3 years and reviewed annually or earlier to take into account the changing needs of the schools and its pupils.

Signed by:

Headteacher
Date:

Chair of Governors
Date:

Next review date October 2018


Review of Accessibility Actions 2014-17

Curriculum

  • All pupils accessed the full curriculum and were fully included in every aspect of school life including trips and visits, including residential
  • Pupils with SEND made good progress from their starting points and achieved in line with similar pupils nationally
  • Specialist equipment purchased for pupils with SEND
  • Pupils with SEND accessed after school clubs and other extended activities e.g. choir, Science club and sport opportunities
  • Pupils with SEND were elected onto the School Council and Eco group
  • SENTAs and TAs accessed training and were effective in their support for learning and inclusion

Physical Environment

  • All pupils had full access to all areas of school
  • Passenger lifts were serviced regularly
  • Visibility strips placed on some steps -on going
  • All pupils with SEND were included in lunchtime dining hall with support from SENTA
  • Pupils with SEND, where required, had personalised workstations implemented
  • Pupils with SEND had successful individual dropping off and collecting routines in place to support attendance
  • Refurbishment programme has provided greater space and accessibility for pupils with SEND.

Information

  • New signs placed around school have improved ease of access and are more welcoming e.g. nursery, office, EYFS
  • New website is easily navigated with key information
  • Paper copies of all letters are made available in office, text system is used as reminder for key events
  • A qualified signer was employed and effective in allowing Hearing Impaired parents to communicate at parents’ evenings and meetings

A full copy of the Accessibility and Action Plan can be found here: Accessibilty Plan 2017-2020