Disability and Accessibility
We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual and emotional needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
For Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan the SEN team can be contacted on 03000 265878.
What we do to prevent pupils with disabilities from being treated less favourably:
Our School is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity, prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably and valuing diversity for all children and families.
We aim to:
Provide a safe, stimulating and accessible curriculum and environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued (see our Accessibility Action Plan)
Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity
Celebrate the achievements of all our children, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or disability
Consult with our children, parents and the School Council that the needs of all our children are being met
Ensure that children with SEN can engage in activities with all children and are offered the opportunity to participate with activities in and outside of the classroom by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these.
The facilities to assist access are outlined in our Accessibility Plan
Our school has a ramped access to the main entrance and the dining room. Some entrances into school have steps, however, these are usually accesible using portable ramps, There is a lift in school to aid access to and from the classrooms and a second ramp into the EYFS outdoor area. We have a disabled parking area within the school grounds. We have a disabled toilet and a selection of specialist writing and reading equipment for children to use.
Doors have visibility panels throughout the school to provide ease of wheelchair access if needed. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.
Our Accessibility Plan and the short, medium and long term actions, will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis and a new Accessibility Plan will be produced every three years.
The Accessibility Plan contains relevant actions to:
Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary.
Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability. This covers reasonable adjustments within teaching and learning, specialist aids and equipment and the wider curriculum of the school, such as after school clubs, visits etc,
Improve the provision of information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. All information will be made available in various formats within a reasonable time frame.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.