Arrangements for the admission of Children with Disabilities
The admission of children with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as non-disabled children. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility and the school would work with parents/carers and other agencies involved to ensure that appropriate provision could be provided. It is the school policy to accommodate children with disabilities should parents wish, and individual needs are planned for to prevent any children with disabilities being treated less favourably than other children.
In practice, we ensure that classroom and extra-curricular activities encourage the participation of all children, including those categorised as having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all children.
The current school site has challenges in that it is an old building with some terrapin classrooms. The main building has narrow doorways and corridors and many stairs. There are 9 functioning classrooms including some specialist rooms e.g. IT room, Food Technology, Creative Arts & Science. The remaining rooms are standard classrooms. The current site is not suitable for wheelchair users, and is not fit for purpose. Students/staff would not be able to access the building via the front door, toilet facilities or rooms in the upstairs of the main part of the building. If students were temporarily disabled (e.g. on crutches owing to broken leg) we would relocate their classes to the ground floor, but they would still need to navigate one or two steps).
In February Half Term 2022, the school will relocate to a new build which will be fully accessible.
Further details on accessibility can be found on our Key Policies page within the Accessibility Plan.