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Newark Hill Academy Accesibility Plan

  1. This Accessibility Plan has been drawn up in consultation with the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) board, students, parents, staff and councillors of the Academy and covers the period from December 2014 to November 2017.
  2. We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all students, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.  We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.
  3. GAT plans, over time, to increase the accessibility of provision for all students, staff and visitors to all of our sites.  Individual Accessibility Plans are produced for each Academy and contain relevant actions to:
  • Improve access to the physical environment of the Academy, adding specialist facilities as necessary.  This covers improvements to the physical environment and physical aids to access education.
  • Increase access to the curriculum for students with a disability, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that students with a disability are as equally prepared for life as are the able-bodied students.  This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the Academy such as participation in after Academy clubs, leisure and cultural activities, off site visits etc.  It also includes the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist disabled students in accessing the curriculum.
  • Improve the delivery of written information to students, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. This will include handouts, timetables, textbooks and information about the Academy and its events. The information will be made available in various preferred formats within a reasonable time frame.
  1. Attached are Action Plans, relating to these key aspects of accessibility. The plans will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis. New Action Plans will be produced every three years.
  2. We acknowledge that there is a need for ongoing awareness raising and training for staff trustees and Academy council members in the matter of disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter.
  3. The  Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the relevant sections of following documents:
  • SEN and Disability Policy
  • Admissions Policy
  • Pupil Behaviour and Exclusions Policy
  • Equality for Pupils Policy
  • Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare Policy
  • Academy Improvement Plans
  • Academy Brochures
  1. The Action Plan for physical accessibility relates to the Access Audit of the Academy, which is undertaken regularly by the Health & Safety Manager. It may not be feasible to undertake some of the works during the life of this Accessibility Plan and therefore some items will roll forward into subsequent plans. The audit will be reviewed prior to the end of each three-year plan period in order to inform the development of the new plan for the following period.
  2. As curriculum policies are reviewed, a section relating to access will be added to that on Equality and Diversity.  The terms of reference for the GAT Finance and General Purposes (F&GP) and Academy council committees will contain an item on “having regard to matters relating to Access”.
  3. The Academy Brochure will make reference to this Accessibility Plan.
  4. The Academy’s complaints procedure covers the Accessibility Plan.
  5. Information about our Accessibility Plan will be published in each Academy’s Annual Report to Parents (statutory).
  6. The Plan will be monitored through the Academy Council.  Each Academy Council will produce an annual report on progress against the plan for the GAT F&GP.
  7. The Academy will work in partnership with all stakeholders in developing and implementing this plan.
  8. The Plan will be monitored by Ofsted as part of their inspection cycle.

Newark Hill Academy Accessibility Plan

Improving the Physical Access at Newark Hill Academy

An Access Audit was carried out by, Geoff Slade, Health & Safety Manager on Friday 12th December and a number of recommendations made as follows:

Access Report Ref.

Item

Activity

Timescale

Cost £

1

Hearing loop required in main reception

Minicom in place at staff entrance but was not working at time of visit. Repair existing loop and relocate it to main entrance or install new portable hearing loop and sign

By 30.4.2015

130 (if new loop required)

2

No beacon in accessible toilet

Install beacon

By 30.4.2015

Obtain quotes

3

 

 

 

Fire exit step in the key stage 2 library area needs cleaning to provide a contrast

Clean and place on maintenance routine

By 31.1.2015

Nil cost, site task

4

Wheelchair access for main reception. Move book case to improve access.

Relocate bookcase

By 31.1.2015

Nil cost, site task

5

Emergency exit for disabled blocked

Remove table tops stacked behind the door and re-locate teacher’s desk. Ensure route is kept clear of obstructions at all times.

By 31.1.2015

Nil cost site task

7

Classroom 3P - paint edge of step with contrasting colour (black, yellow or white)

Paint must be anti-slip and have a minimum Light Reflectance Value (LRV) difference of 30 points.  Painted strip should extend across the whole width of each step and extend for 55mm on the top and front edges of each step.  Once painted ensure edge is kept clean.

By 31.3.2015

Materials 1ltr £20 approx.

Nil cost labour (site task)

8

W/C and basin in key stages 1 areas accessible toilet is adult height

Convert to standard height WC i.e. 420 – 430mm seat height.  If necessary remove and refit WC grab rails as follows:

100-150mm above seat height i.e. 520 – 580mm above floor

400-500mm centres from centre of seat.

By 30.4.2015

WC approx. £170 plus labour

9

Pressalit Care bed not marked with details of conformance with standards e.g. BS, CE etc.

Confirm (in writing) with manufacturer that bed conforms to all applicable standards.

Contact details:

Pressalit Care plc 

100 Longwater Avenue
Green Park
England
T: + 44 844 880 6950
F: + 44 844 880 6951
uk@pressalit.com

By 31.3.2015

Nil cost (NB if bed does not conform obtain quotes for replacement)

Improving Curriculum Access at Newark Hill Academy  

All Greenwood Trust Academies have in place a variety of access arrangements (see ‘Disability Access Provision’ Page 6/7 below)

Equal Opportunities practices should be evident in

  • the formal curriculum (the programme of lessons);
  • the informal curriculum (extra-curricular activities);
  • the 'hidden' curriculum (the ethos of the school, the quality of personal relationships etc).

Access Report Ref.

 

 

Item

 

Activity

 

Timescale

 

        Cost   £

£

 

1

 

Access to written information for students with Dyslexia

 

Use coloured overlays, coloured writing and mathematics books. Access to learning support team for advice.

 

Ongoing

Within normal school budget

 

2

 

Access to written information for students with Dyslexia /EAL students/ MLD students and ASD

 

 

Access to written information adapted to suit needs of children ( larger font size), language dictionaries provided to translate vocabulary, use of Teaching Assistants who speak different languages to support students to access curriculum.

 

Ongoing

 Within normal school budget

 

4

 

Ensure CPD Training Plan covers the full range of disabilities represented in the school

 

 

Provide training sessions for all appropriate staff

 

Ongoing

 

Within normal school budget

 

 

6

 

 

Increase access to all Academy trips and extra-curricular activities for all disabled pupils

 

 

Review all out-of-Academy provision to ensure compliance with legislation All out-of-Academy activities will be conducted in an inclusive environment with providers that comply with all current and future legislative requirements

 

 

Ongoing

 

Within normal school budget

Improving the Delivery of Written Information at Newark Hill Academy

Access Report Ref.

 

 

Item

 

Activity

 

Timescale

 

        Cost   £

 

1

 

Improve access to all written information for students and parents with EAL.

 

 

 

Brochures/newsletters/school website are checked for accessibility at a  low level of  literacy

A translator is provided where necessary

 

 

Ongoing/translator as and when required

 

Within normal school budget

 

2

 

Improve access to all written information for parents with Learning Difficulties.

 

Brochures/newsletters/school website are checked for accessibility at a  low level of  literacy

 

 

Ongoing

 

Within normal school budget

 

2

 

 

Ensure access to curriculum texts for students with visual impairment

 

Review curriculum materials and visual aids i.e. larger print

 

 

Ongoing

 

Within normal school budget

 

3

 

Improve access to all written information for students and parents with visual impairment.

 

 

 

Review documentation with a view of ensuring accessibility for students with visual impairment

 

 

Ongoing

 

Within normal school budget

 

4

 

Improve access to all written information for students with communication difficulties e.g. ASD

 

 

Explore software for generating visual timetables etc e.g. internet search, Autism Outreach team.

 

 

Ongoing

 

Within normal school budget

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