We are committed to providing an environment that is as fully accessible as possible, which values and includes all pupils, 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.
The Joseph Whitaker School plans, over time, to increase the accessibility of provision for all pupils, staff and visitors to the school. Accessibility Plans will contain relevant actions to:
- Build on the existing facilities to make the school as access friendly as possible for all
- Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary. This covers improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education
- Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils with a disability are as equally prepared for life as are able-bodied pupils. This covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after-school clubs, leisure and cultural activities, or school visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist pupils in accessing the curriculum
- Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. Examples might include hand-outs, timetables, textbooks and information about the school and school events. The information should be made available in various preferred formats within a reasonable time frame. The school web site, SIMS Learning Gateway, SIMS In touch and the VLE will be used to facilitate the process.
Please click here for a copy of our Accessibility Plan: Accessibility Plan January 2014
These plans will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis. New Plans will be drawn up every three years.
We acknowledge that there is a need for on-going awareness raising and training for staff in the matter of disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter.
The Action Plan for physical accessibility relates to the access audit undertaken by the Local Authority. The audit will need to be revisited prior to the end of each first three-year plan period in order to inform the development of the new plan for the following period.
Note: Potential access improvements are severely limited in areas of the school as a result of the design of current buildings. This is particularly pertinent within Mathematics, English, Science and Technology.
Note: Development of the sixth form centre in 2012, with the provision of a lift, has ensured good access from the Sports Centre car park into central areas of the school.