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Accessibility plan

Adopted: October 2018

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

We review our Accessibility Plan every three years and obtain approval from our governing body. 

At Charter Academy, we are committed to providing a supportive learning environment in which all children can learn and become successful. 

We ask families about the nature of their children’s needs at induction and take all needs into account when planning all activities. 

Implications  

Physical environment 

Disabled pupils participate in extracurricular activities and have access to all curriculum areas of the school. A lift provides access to upper level of the Helsdon building. One disabled toilet is located in the Helsdon block, which is fitted with a handrail and an emergency pull cord. 

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 school 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 or visitors and disabled parking is provided upon request. All entrances are either flat or ramped and all have wide doors fitted. The main entrance features a secure lobby and has been fitted with a low reception hatch, this being fully accessible to wheelchair users. The school has internal emergency signage and escape routes are clearly marked.

Monitoring 

Success criteria: 

  1. All pupils receive a high quality education.
  2. Staff and visitors with disabilities can access all curriculum areas of the school and navigate the corridors with ease.