Accessibility Plan

RAINFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

AND RAINDROPS PRESCHOOL

Learning and growing together to achieve our best in the love of God’

 

 Accessibility Plan

 

For approval by CDCS:  12th November 2019

To be reviewed on or before:      Autumn 2022

 

Signed……………………………………………  Chair of Committee

Signed……………………………………………  Headteacher

 

Our Mission Statement

 

‘Learning and growing together to achieve our best in the Love of God’

 

School Aims

 

In order to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s challenges, Rainford CE Primary Schools aims to achieve the following:

 

  • Every child will be encouraged to understand the meaning and significance of faith, experience God’s love and develop the spirituality to enable them to live out our Christian values of love, joy, peace, friendship, forgiveness, perseverance and justice

 

  • Every child will achieve their full potential through being a highly motivated, resilient and independent learner who embraces new experiences, has confidence to tackle challenges and go onto develop a lifelong love of learning.

 

  • Every child will value themselves as a unique individual with special qualities and strengths developing self-discipline and honesty; taking responsibility for their own actions and appreciating their ability to make a positive difference in the world.

 

  • Every child will appreciate and respect others, celebrate differences between individuals and groups and respect and care for God’s creation and the environment.

 

  • Every child will be encouraged to make healthy choices and appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

In order to do this, we will constantly reflect the Christian ethos of our school in our relationships with our children, their families, our staff, the church and the wider community.

 

 

 

 

This plan also applies to Breakfast and After School Clubs.

                                                     

Accessibility Plan 2019-22

 

Rainford CE Primary School has been described a community working together, (which) enables every person to flourish and become the person God has created them to be.  

We want all children to flourish, to be challenged to achieve their very best, within a caring and supportive community. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter.

 

Purpose of Plan

This plan shows how Rainford CE Primary School intends, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors.

 

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/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

 

Contextual Information

 

Rainford CE Primary School has been in its current location since 1990. Rainford C E Primary School was opened in September 1990 after an amalgamation of four local schools. The school caters for boys and girls from 4 to 11 years of age and each year can admit 45 children into reception classes. The school is a modern single storey building with eleven classroom bases, a Computer Suite and several smaller rooms for group teaching. Each class has close access to toilet and cloakroom facilities. The former Children’s centre has been adapted to house our Raindrops Pre-School.

The school has wheelchair access and is on one level. A disabled toilet is available. All classroom doors are wide enough for wheelchair access and ramps are in place for four external entrances at various locations around the school. There are disabled car parking spaces on the front car park. Any parent with a disabled child should contact the Head teacher for further information regarding admission arrangements. The school endeavours to promote equality of opportunity and positive attitudes to disabled people.

 

Current Range of known disabilities

 

The school has children with a range of disabilities to include moderate and specific learning disabilities. We have a small number of pupils and parents who have a hearing impairment

 

Increasing access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum.

 

Improving teaching and learning lies at the heart of the school’s work. Through self-review and Continuous Professional Development (CPD), we aim to enhance staff knowledge, skills and understanding to promote excellent teaching and learning for all children. We aim to meet every child’s needs within mixed ability, inclusive classes.

 

It is a core value of the school that all children are enabled to participate fully in the broader life of the school. Consequently, all children have been permitted to attend age relevant after school clubs, leisure and cultural activities and educational visits.  The only exception would be when safety remains a significant issue after reasonable steps have been made to ensure access to the activity.

 

Target

Strategies

Time-scale

Responsibility

Success criteria

School is aware of the access needs of disabled pupils, staff, governors, parent/carers and visitors

 

To create access plans for individual disabled pupils as part of the IEP process when required

Be aware of staff, governors and parents access needs and meet as appropriate

Through questions and discussions find out the access needs of parents/carers through newsletter

Consider access needs during recruitment process

 

As required

Induction and on-going if required

Annually

Recruit

ment

process

SENCO

Headteacher

IEPs in place for disabled pupils and all staff aware of pupils needs

All staff and governors feel confident their needs are met

Parents have full access to all school activities

Access issues do not influence recruitment and retention issues

Improve signage and external access for visually impaired people

Yellow strip mark step edges

On going

Site manager

Visually impaired people feel safe in school grounds

Ensure all disabled pupils can be safely evacuated

Put in place Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for all pupils with difficulties

Develop a system to ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities

As required

Each Sept

SENCO

/ SBM

All disabled pupils and staff working alongside are safe in the event of a fire

Ensure accessibility of access to IT equipment

Alternative equipment in place to ensure access to all hardware including hall

Liaise with VI/HI on information with regard to the visual impaired and hearing-impaired pupils

On-going and as required

Software may be required

as required

SENCo

Hardware and software available to meet the needs of children as appropriate

Equipment in classrooms to support hearing impaired

Seek support from LA hearing impaired unit on the appropriate equipment

Ongoing

LA hearing officers

All children have access to the equipment if recommended

All fire escape routes are suitable for all

Make sure all areas of school can have wheelchair access

 

Egress routes visual check

On-going and as required and as appropriate

 

Weekly

LA

SBM

All disabled staff, pupils and visitors able to have safe independent egress

information to parents/carers to ensure it is accessible.

Provide information and letters in clear print in “simple” English

School office will support and help parents to access information and complete school forms

Ensure website and all document accessible via the school website can be accessed by the visually impaired.

During induction

On-going

Current

KS1/office

 

 

 

 

School Office

Office

 

 

 

Website design team

All parents receive information in a form that they can access

All parents understand what are the headlines of the school information

Improve the delivery of information in writing in an appropriate format

Provide suitably enlarged, clear print for pupils with a visual impairment

As required

Office

Excellent communication

Ensure all staff are aware of guidance on accessible formats

Guidance to staff on dyslexia and accessible information

On-going

SENCO

Staff produce their own information

Annual review information to be as accessible as possible

Develop child friendly IEP review formats

On-going

SENCO

Staff more aware of pupils preferred method of communications

 

 

This policy should be read in conjunction with our Equality Policy and Audit, and Equality Statement.