At St Ebbe’s CofE Primary School our values are the foundation upon which we build our school policies, practices including the Accessibility Plan.
- We aspire to give all children a safe environment in which they feel secure and are able to learn.
- We provide children with a variety of high-quality learning experiences and work hard to ensure that these opportunities are open to all.
- We promote an ethos that values each individual member of our school community and in which all feel included.
- We work hard to ensure that there are no invisible children at our school by recognising everyone’s uniqueness and by celebrating success in many different forms.
- We aim to be a school where all learn, grow and flourish.
This Accessibility Plan is drawn up in compliance with current legislation and requirements as specified in Schedule 10, relating to Disability, of the Equality Act 2010. School Governors are accountable for ensuring the implementation, review and reporting of progress of the Accessibility Plan.
The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that “schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation”.
According to the Equality Act 2010 a person has a disability if:
- He or she has a physical or mental impairment,and
- The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his orher ability carry out normal day-to-dayactivities.
The Accessibility Plan is structured to complement and support the school’s Equality Objectives, and will similarly be published on the school website. We understand that the Local Authority will monitor the school’s activity under the Equality Act 2010 (and in particular Schedule 10 regarding Accessibility) and will advise upon the compliance with that duty.
St Ebbe’s CofE Primary School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that 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 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 school recognises and values parent’s knowledge of their child’s disability and its effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities and respects the parent’s and child’s right to confidentiality.
The St Ebbe’s CofE Primary School Accessibility Plan shows how access has been improved in recent years disabled pupils, staff and visitors to the school and outlines those measures that will be taken within a reasonable timeframe.
The Accessibility Plan contains relevant and timely actions to:
- Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a physical disabilityand/or sensory impairments, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensurethat pupils with a disability are as equally prepared for life as theable-bodied pupils; (If a school fails to do this they are in breach of their duties underthe Equalities Act 2010); this covers teaching and learning and thewider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, leisureand cultural activities or schools visits – it also covers the provision of specialistor auxiliary aids and equipment, which assist these pupils in accessingthe curriculum within a reasonabletimeframe;
- Improve and maintain access to the physical environment of theschool, adding specialist facilities as necessary – this covers improvements tothe physical environment of the school and physical aids to accesseducation within a reasonabletimeframe;
- Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents andvisitors with disabilities; the information shouldbe made available in various preferred formats within a reasonabletimeframe.
The Accessibility Plan relates to the key aspects of physical environment, curriculum and written information.
Whole school training will recognise the need to continue raising awareness for staff and governors on equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010.
This Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the following school policies, strategies and documents:
- Behaviour Management Policy
- Health & SafetyPolicy
- School ImprovementPlan
- Special Educational NeedsPolicy
- Teaching and LearningPolicy
The Accessibility Plan for physical accessibility relates to the Access Audit of the School, which remains the responsibility of the governing body.
The Accessibility Plan will be published on the school website.
The Accessibility Plan will be monitored by our SEND governors with our SENCo on an annual basis (review December 2018).
The Accessibility Plan may be monitored by OfSTED during inspection processes in relation to Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.
It is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary and reported on annually. Attached is an action plan showing how the school will address the priorities identified in the plan.
The priorities for the Accessibility Plan for our school were identified by the Head Teacher, the SENCo, link Governor for SEND:
Area of development
|Teach relevant staff how to use Base Assessment.||Accurate assessment of children with profound disabilities.|
|Arrange viable transport to and from swimming for all including wheelchair users
Liaise with swimming pool to ensure easy access to hoist and changing facilities
Develop access to the back of KS2 building for wheel chair users
|All children, including wheel chair users can access swimming lessons
Wheelchair users have two entry/exit points from Y4,5 and 6 respectively
|Set up Google Translate as an online tool on the school website.||Families with English as an additional language are able to translate documents and areas of the website into their first language.|