Disability Equality and Access Plan 2016-2019

As a school we endeavour to provide a curriculum and learning environment to accommodate everyone’s needs. All children are valued equally and we ensure that the school building and learning environment are able to meet the differing needs of the pupils in our school.

Our three year plan focuses on areas where we can make improvements to make the school more accessible both in terms of the building and the learning that takes place.

In the last six years our access plan has made improvements resulting in alterations to the building, grounds and curriculum, as we strive to do our best for our pupils.

Six years ago there were two sets of steps coming off the playground. These have been replaced by DDA compliant ramps, enabling pushchairs and wheelchairs to access the playground, as well as making the movement from the playground to class safer for the children, especially in bad weather.

A disabled toilet has been added to the school.

We have achieved full dyslexia status, showing recognition for our work with special education needs.

We have developed many areas for outdoor learning, including an outdoor classroom, a campfire pit and an outdoor climbing wall.

We have a sensory room within our building, with staff trained to take sessions in positive play.

We have held assemblies and invited speakers in to talk about different disabilities. Eg guide dogs, talking dogs, dementia outreach, thus developing the children’s awareness of disabilities within the community.

In our access plan for the coming three years, we are looking to remove two classroom steps from outside two classroom doors and replace these with a ramp, enabling wheelchair access should it be needed.

We are looking at developing more access to the outdoors, whilst still keeping the children within the school grounds.

Improve our already established sensory room.

And to purchase iPads for use in the classrooms, as well as the stand alone computers already situated in each of the classes.

This work will be carried out under the guidance of support of Entrust building and monitored by the school premises committee.