Accessibility Plan

Through our daily school life at Mary’s Church of England Primary School we encourage our children to build respectful friendships and demonstrate compassion towards others. Through this we build a strong community spirit, as together we are a family. Our teaching and learning provides the children with the wisdom and endurance they need to expand their minds socially, morally and academically so allowing them to achieve and flourish and fulfil ‘Life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10). We encourage our children to demonstrate and develop a dignity in their work and themselves which enables them to hope to aspire to be the best they can possibly be.

Aims:

At St Mary’s CE Primary School, we are committed to establishing equality for all pupils, their parents, staff and other users of the school. This is reflected in our school aims, which state:

St Mary’s CE Primary School we aim:

  •   To provide a safe, secure, stimulating and supportive atmosphere where each child is valued
  •   To nurture children towards positive self-worth, self-confidence as learners and to help each mature socially and emotionally
  •   To secure an inclusive learning environment and to support individual pupils with additional or special educational needs with disabilities

It is the responsibility of the whole school community to implement this plan in a manner which promotes the inclusive ethos of our school.
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.

St Mary’s CE Primary School aims to treat all its pupils fairly and with respect. This involves providing access and opportunities for all pupils without discrimination of any kind.

The plan will be made available online on the school website and paper copies are available upon request.

St Mary’s CE Primary School is also committed to ensuring staff are trained in equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010, including understanding disability issues. We support any available partnerships to develop and implement the plan.

Our school’s complaints procedure covers the accessibility plan. If you have any concerns relating to accessibility in school, the complaints procedure sets out the process for raising these concerns.

Legislation

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 they have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ adverse effect on their 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.

Our commitment

In preparing this Accessibility Plan, the needs of disabled people, including children, young people, staff and parents & governors were taken into account. It has been informed by analysis of pupil & staff data and additional information gathered.

According to the Act a “disabled person is defined as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has an effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. The effect must be substantial, long term and adverse. The DDA definition of disability covers physical disabilities, sensory impairments and learning disabilities.

St Mary’s CE Primary School is committed to equal opportunities and inclusion. This strategy should be considered alongside the following school policy documents:

  • Special Educational Needs Policy
  •   Equality Objectives

This plan considers the following three areas as identified in the introduction:

  • Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum by securing relevant staff training and ensuring appropriate classroom organisation
  •   Improving the physical environment of the school such as ramps and handrails as well as physical aids to access education such as specialist desks and ICT equipment
  •   Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is already provided to pupils who are not disabled. This should be done within a reasonable period of time and in formats that take account of any views expressed by pupils or parents about their preferred means of communication such as Braille, audio tape, large print and the provision of information orally.

Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum

The school SEN policy ensures that staff identify, assess and arrange suitable provision for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs. Working with the LA and Educational Psychology Service, the SENCo manages the Education, Health Care Assessment Process, ensuring additional resources are available where appropriate.

The school Inclusion Team provides additional support for pupils and supports teachers in implementing
strategies for improving pupils’ behaviour and access to learning.
The school works closely with specialist services including:

  •   Hearing Impaired Children’s service
  •   Visual Impairment Advisory and Support Service
  •   Occupational Therapists and physiotherapists
  •   Speech and Language Therapy Service
  •   Haringey Autism Team
  •   The Haringey Learning Partnership

Improving access to the physical environment of the school

This element of the Planning Duty covers all areas of the physical environment such as external areas, buildings and fixtures and fittings.

The aim is to continue to enhance the environment to meet the needs of all pupils and ensure that they have access to all aspects of education offered by St Mary’s CE Primary School.

  • Improving the delivery of information to disabled persons

Staff are aware of the services available through the LA for converting written information into alternative formats.
This Accessibility Plan is reviewed by the Governors’ Children, Families and Community Committee every 3 years.