Accessibility

Crosby High School Accessibility Plan 2017 -2018

Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of this plan is to show how Crosby High School becomes more aware of the changing to the needs of our pupils

Definition of Disability

A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

Legal Background

From September 2002, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 outlawed discrimination by schools and LA’s against either current or prospective disabled pupils in their access to education. It is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary.

This plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of the school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA:

$1                     increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum, which includes teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school, such as participation in extra-curricular clubs, leisure and cultural activities and educational and residential visits;

$1                     improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services, which includes improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education.

$1                     improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information, which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled, for example: handouts, timetables, textbooks and information about school events. The information should take account of the pupils` disabilities and the preferred format of pupils and parents and be made available within a reasonable timeframe.

Crosby High School aims to treat all stakeholders, including pupils, prospective pupils, staff, governors and other members of the school community favourably and, wherever possible, takes reasonable steps to avoid placing anyone at a substantial disadvantage. The school aims to work closely with disabled pupils, their families and any relevant outside agencies in order to remove or minimise any potential barriers to learning, which puts them at a disadvantage, but allows them to learn, achieve and participate fully in school life. The school is active in promoting positive attitudes to disabled people in the school and in planning to increase access to education for all disabled pupils.

As part of the school’s continued communication with parents/carers and other stakeholders we continually look at ways to improve accessibility through data collection, questionnaires and parental discussions.

Contextual Information

The majority of the school building and playground is accessible for a child in a wheelchair. We have two disabled toilets, plus one in each of the new mobile classrooms.   All fire exits now have slope for wheelchair users use to vacate the school during any emergency procedures. The building is on one floor which give all wheelchair user more independent moving around school. The school does require more storage of all specialist equipment that these wheelchair users bring with them.

The Current Range of Disabilities within Crosby High School

The school has children with a range of disabilities which include Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, VI, and other medical conditions, such as Type 1 diabetes. When children enter school with specific disabilities, the school contacts the LA professionals for assessments, support and guidance for the school and parents.

We have a few children who have asthma and all staff are aware of these children. Inhalers are kept in the Office and a record of use is noted.

Some children have allergies or food intolerances/cultural food choices.

All medical information is collated and available to staff via the GIEP’s. We have experienced First Aiders who hold current First Aid certificates.

All medication is kept in a central safe and secure place which all medication that is given is recorded by the office staff. Administration of Medicines consent forms are filled in by parents/carers outlining the illness and amount and time of medication.

Crosby High School

Accessibility Plan 2017-2019

 

Targets

Strategies

Outcome

Timeframe

Progress to date (termly)

EQUALITY AND INCLUSION

 

To ensure that the

Accessibility Plan becomes an annual item at the FGB meetings.

Clerk to Governors to add to list for GB meetings.

Adherence to legislation.  

Annually.

 

To improve staff awareness of disability issues.

Review staff training needs. Provide training for members of the school community as appropriate.

Whole school community aware of issues.

Ongoing.

Initial update on pupil health issues to staff on the Sept INSET day

Health and Safety issues on weekly staff meeting agenda to keep staff informed of any changing/ new circumstances. Training undergone to date: Diabetes Care for teacher and TA involved with specific children; First Aid at Work Refresher for TA’s, Admin IT, Staff May 2018

Use of the recovery pen 6 staff went to Alder Hey December 2017

To ensure that all policies consider the implications of disability access.

Consider during review of policies.

Policies reflect current legislation.

On-going.

 

To ensure children recovering from serious medical conditions and/ or surgery have minimal risk of contracting infections and/ or risk of injuring themselves.

Parents to be reminded of need to inform school about infections that might cause problems.

Children supervised when moving around school. All pupils to be informed of pupils with special circumstances to avoid accidents on corridors etc.

Children continue to make good recovery and have access to all suitable aspects of the curriculum.

Half termly.

Child in Y8 in recovery after operation has been allowed to return to school. Continued assessment via the physio on a Monday

Child in Y7 in recovery after operation has been allowed to return to school. Continued assessment via the physio on a Monday

Child in Y9 could not start in September until a 1:1 TA was appointed. Funded by high needs Continued assessment via the physio on a Monday

Y10 pupil with diabetes supported with 1:1 T. Funded by high needs

All TA have completed manual handling training Sept 18

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

 

To ensure that, where possible, the school buildings and grounds are accessible for all children and adults and continue to improve access to the school’s physical environment for all.

Audit of accessibility of school buildings and grounds by Governors. Suggest actions and implement as budget allows.

Modifications will be made to the school building to improve access.

To look at access for wheelchair user via the front entrance

Ongoing.

Completed August 2018

 

Specialist disable toilet that includes specialist toilet

 

Plan for new toilet drawn up. Proposed area selected.

Funding of £14, 000 to come from LA.

SENCO, BM and outside agencies have put letter together requesting funding from LA

Building work in progress

 

CURRICULUM

 

To review all new ECHP for any specialist equipment required by pupils before they enter CHS

SENDCo and BM to draw list up list of equipment required. BM to take to finance governor committee the business plan to cover extra funding of the new equipment

 

Termly governor finance meeting.

 

To continue to train staff to enable them to meet the needs of children with a range of SEND.

SENDCo to review the needs of children and provide training for staff as needed.

Staff are able to enable all children to access the curriculum.

Ongoing

September 2017-19 Review of school SEND list and examination of children on SEND list transferring from KS2.

To ensure that all children are able to access all extracurricular school activities. For example: clubs, trips, residential visits etc.

Review of out of school provision to ensure compliance with legislation.

All providers of out-of school education will comply with legislation to ensure that the needs of all children are met.

Ongoing

Fund raising and purchase of a new mini buses that can cater for pupils in wheel chairs.

Donation of new mini bus from the Steve Morgan Foundation. Arrived December 2017.

To provide specialist equipment to promote participation in learning by all pupils.

Assess the needs of the children in each class and provide equipment as needed.

Children will develop independent learning skills.

Reviewed termly by SENDCo.

SENDCo updated provision maps and SEND Information list in September.  

To provide table leg raisers for each classroom to enable wheelchairs uses to use classroom facilities

Barriers to learning will be reduced or removed, enabling children to achieve their full potential

Barriers to learning will be reduced or removed, enabling children to achieve their full potential

 

Need to ensure there is a budget for any additional equipment, that does not come under high needs funding

To meet the needs of individuals during end of KS4 accreditation exams

Children will be assessed in accordance with regular classroom practice, and additional time, use of equipment etc. will be applied for as needed.

Barriers to learning will be reduced or removed, enabling children to achieve their full potential.

Annually.

 

WRITTEN/OTHER INFORMATION

 

To ensure that all parents and other members of the school community can access information

Written information will be provided in alternative formats as necessary.

Written information will be provided in alternative formats as necessary.

As needed.

 

To ensure that parents who are unable to attend school, because of a disability, can access parents’ evenings.

Staff to hold parents’ evenings by phone or send home written information.

Parents are informed of children’s progress.

Termly.

Item on weekly pastoral meeting agenda to make staff aware of changes in family circumstances.

Find us

Address

Crosby High School

De Villiers Avenue

Crosby

Liverpool

L23 2TH

Contact

Tel: 0151 924 3671 Fax: 0151 931 5083
Email: info@crosbyhigh.org

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