As a school we are committed to providing premises that are suitable and sufficient for all educational purposes thereby giving access to a broad and balanced curriculum for all students, irrespective of special need or disability. The Governing Body supports the principles outlined in the Equality Act 2010 and is supportive of widening access. Consequently it seeks to work jointly with the LA and others to:
- Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum.
- Improve the physical environment so that disabled pupils can take better advantage of education benefits, facilities and services.
- Improve the amount and quality of information provided to disabled pupils and their parents and carers.
As a school we will audit our accessibility to improve access to the curriculum for students with special needs and disabilities. The school will continue to seek and follow the advice of professionals working in education to ensure barriers to learning are reduced and enable pupils to reach their full potential. This Plan operates alongside the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disability policy and is consistent with it in terms of principles and approaches to resourcing.
The school will actively seek to improve access to services in the ways set out below and through making reasonable adjustments. We will maintain an action plan as part of the overall School Management Plan which sets out the steps the school will take to achieve this. The accessibility action plan will be reviewed annually and updated to take account of improvements made, future resource availability and changing needs.
We will ensure the curriculum is differentiated to meet the learning needs of students with SEN and disabilities and that target setting is effective and appropriate for these students. We will make available written material usually provided to all students, in an appropriately presented form to SEN and disabled students eg pictorial and oral formats. We will also ensure that classroom organisation is planned to maximise learning opportunities.
We will seek to:
- Manage and improve the physical environment of the school buildings and grounds to meet the needs of a range of disabled students currently on roll and prospective students.
- To establish a culture of mutual trust and respect between all members of the St George’s.
- To build a community that celebrates achievement at all levels.
Date: June 2015
To be reviewed: June 2018