Brompton Hall School Accessibility Plan
- Vision Statement
- Aims and Objectives
- Current Good Practice:
- Physical Environment
- Access Audit
- Management, Co-ordination and Implementation
- Action Plan
Under the Equality Act 2010 schools should have an 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 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 / her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
The Accessibility Plan is listed as a statutory document of the Department for Education’s guidance on statutory policies for schools. The Plan must be reviewed every three years and approved by the Governing Body. The review process can be delegated to a committee of the Governing Body, an individual of the Head. At Brompton Hall School, the ‘Plan’ will form part of the Premises section of the School Development Plan, monitored by the Headteacher and evaluated by the relevant Governor’s committee. The current ‘Plan’ will be appended to this document.
At Brompton Hall School we are committed to working together to provide an inspirational and exciting learning environment where all children should feel happy, safe and valued so that they gain a respectful, caring attitude towards each other and the environment both locally and globally.
The Brompton Hall School Accessibility Plan has been developed and drawn up based upon information supplied by the Local Authority and consultations with pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school. Other, outside agencies and specialists have also been consulted. The document will be used to advise other school planning documents and policies, it will be reported upon annually in respect of progress and outcomes. The intention is to provide a projected plan for a three year period ahead of the next review date.
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), as well as advise upon compliance with that duty.
Brompton Hall 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 Brompton Hall School Accessibility Plan shows how access is to be improved for disabled pupils, staff and visitors to the school within a given timeframe and anticipating the need to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate their needs where practicable. The Accessibility Plan contains relevant and timely actions to:
Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils with a disability are as, equally, prepared for life as are the able-bodied pupils; this covers ‘teaching & learning’ and the wider curriculum of the school (e.g. participation in unit activities, cultural activities or school visits). Also the provision of specialist or auxiliary aids / equipment (e.g. sensory regulation aids) which may assist these pupils in accessing the curriculum within a reasonable timeframe;
Improve and maintain access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary – this covers improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education within a reasonable timeframe;
Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities; examples might include hand-outs, timetables, textbooks and information about the school, school events; the information should be made available in various preferred formats within a reasonable timeframe.
The Brompton Hall School 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 polices, strategies and documents:
Behaviour Management Policy
Critical Incident Plan
Equal Opportunities Policy
Health & Safety Policy
Disability Equality Scheme
School Development Plan
Special Educational Needs Policy
School Local Offer Plan
Staff Development Policy
The Accessibility Plan for physical accessibility related to the Access Audit of the School, which remains the responsibility of the Governing Body. It may not be feasible to undertake all of the works during the life of this accessibility plan and therefore some items will roll forward into subsequent plans. An accessibility audit will be completed by the school prior to the end of each period covering this plan, in order to inform the development of a new Accessibility Plan for the on-going period.
Equality Impact Assessments will be undertaken as and when school polices are reviewed. The terms of reference for all governors’ committees will include the need to consider ‘Equality and Diversity’ issues as required by the Equality Act 2010.
The Accessibility Plan will be published on the school website.
The Accessibility Plan will be monitored through the Governor ‘Finance & Premises’ Committee
The school will work in partnership with the Local Authority in developing and implementing this Accessibility Plan.
The Accessibility Plan may be monitored by Ofsted during inspection processes in relation to Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.
Aims and Objectives
Our Aims are:
Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability
Improve and maintain access to the physical environment
Improve the delivery of written information to pupils
Current Good Practice
Our current practice is outlined for parents / carers in our school ‘Local Offer’ information on the school website, which from September 2014 the Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish. This is information about the services and provision the Local Authority expects to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND). At Brompton Hall School we are a fully inclusive school and cater for a wide range of individual needs. The ‘Local Offer’ area on the ‘Home’ page of the school website explains in detail the provision that is made for every child at Brompton Hall School.
We ask about any disability or health condition in early communications with new parents and carers, and it is a formal section of our pre-admission procedures.
Disabled pupils participate in extra-curricular activities. Some aspects of extra-curricular activities present particular challenges (e.g. break times for pupils with social / interaction impairments, school trips for pupils with medical needs) so high levels of staffing are organised to ensure that additional support enables all pupils to fully engage in all school activities both within the school day and on the residential units. The design of the listed building means that wheelchair users cannot access some of the top floor residential units in the main building, however access to all of the classrooms and ground floor of the main building is available.
There are no areas of the curriculum to which our disabled pupils have limited or no access. As a SEN school provision is made to support all pupils regardless of their disability (e.g. additional technology for pupils with a visual impairment). Other issues identified to ensure the full participation of disabled pupils are addressed through thorough planning by staff and current school policies (e.g. bullying, peer relationships, policies on the administration of medicines, the provision of personal care), written and unwritten.
Different forms of communication are made available to enable all disabled pupils to express their views and to hear the views of others. Access to information is planned, with a range of different formats available for disabled pupils, parents and staff.
The school has:
On-site car parking for staff and visitors includes dedicated disable parking bay
Fixed ramp and handrail outside of the Staffroom
Portable ramp available for visitors
Most access doors are double doors to allow wheel access
The school has internal emergency signage and escape routes are clearly marked
Alternative entrances available for wheelchair users (e.g. via the green gates)
Meetings are arranged within classrooms, where necessary
Emergency (automatic) lighting around the school
Management, Co-ordination and Implementation
We will consult with experts when new situations regarding pupils with disabilities are experienced. The Governors and Senior Leadership Team will work closely with the Local Authority.