Brighton Hill Community School

1. Accessibility Plan

Information & Policies

Published on - 11-01-2017

Introduction

This plan is drawn up in accordance with the planning duty in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA 1995), as amended by the SEN and Disability Act 2001; it requires all schools to plan to increase, over time, accessibility for disabled students.  It is based upon DfES guidance July 2002 ‘Accessible Schools; Planning to increase access to schools for disabled pupils’.


BHCS and the LA are required to plan for:

Legislation has three main strands that BHCS has to consider for disabled students:

The Education Act 1996 states that ‘children have a special educational need if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special education provision to be made for them’. They are said to have a learning difficulty if they:

Definition of Disability
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’ (see below for definition of normal day-to-day activities).

Normal day-to-day activity
An impairment which affects normal day-to-day activities will have an impact on the student’s everyday life in one or more of the following areas:

Principles

Objectives:
To reduce and eliminate any barriers that prevent students with a disability from accessing the curriculum and to enable full participation in the school community for students and prospective students.

Curriculum
BHCS operates under the principle that all areas of the curriculum should be accessible to all students. This includes Zone 7 provision, Year 8 Guided Choices, Alternative Curriculum Provision and extra-curricular opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
The attainment and achievement of all students with a disability is monitored by individual subject teachers, Heads of Faculty, the SENCo and the relevant SLT Line Manager as part of the normal half termly data review and monitoring practice.

Physical Access
It should be noted that the original school site and buildings were not designed with disabled requirements in mind.  It is acknowledged that the current design of the 1st floor English department does present access issues to students with a physical disability. However, the school does make appropriate and realistic attempts to accommodate students with disabilities as part of our inclusive approach and any students with short term disabilities such as those caused by a sporting injury, can access the curriculum within the Flexible Learning Centre .

Any new building work within the school will take into account the need for greater accessibility.

Last Ratified: Jan 2017
Next Review: Jan 2019