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Accessibility plan

Adopted: March 2019

Due for review: March 2022

Purpose

The Equality Act 2010 states that "schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation". 

Aims

According to the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if: 

  • He/she has a physical or mental impairment, and
  • The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-­day activities.

At East Point Academy, we review our accessibility plan every three years and obtain approval from our governing body. We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment in which all students learn in a safe environment and are encouraged to become successful. 

Prior to joining East Point Academy prospective students' particular needs are taken into account when planning activities and them joining the Academy. 

Implications

Physical environment

Disabled pupils participate in extracurricular activities and have access to all curriculum areas of the Academy. A lift provides access to upper level to the English Block. There is also a lift in the main building meaning disabled students could access the Library and the Technology block. 

There is a disabled toilet located on the ground floor near Reception which is fitted with a handrail. 

There are also two disabled changing rooms in PE which both have toilets and are located on the ground floor and a further ground floor disabled toilet near the Humanities Department. 

Curriculum

Disabled pupils have access to all parts of the curriculum. Depending on the pupil's needs, reasonable adjustments can be made to the PE curriculum, where particular challenges are presented. These include additional one-to-one support from an additional adult, and an adaptation of sports played. 

Access audit

The Academy covers a large site with narrow corridors and several access points from outside. There is a lift which can accommodate a large wheelchair. It is maintained on a regular basis. School staff are trained in the operation of the lift where relevant. Training is currently up to date. 

We have a car park for staff and visitors and we have designated disabled parking bays at the front of the Academy. Entrances to areas of the Academy are either flat or ramped and have door allowing wheelchair access. The main Reception area has a secure lobby and is fitted with a low reception desk and is fully accessible to wheelchair users. The school has internal emergency signage and escape routes are clearly marked.

Responsibility and monitoring

Success criteria:

  • All East Point Academy pupils receive a high-quality education in a safe environment.
  • Staff and visitors with disabilities can access all curriculum areas of the Academy and navigate the site with ease.