St Mary’s Catholic College, is committed to providing a fully accessible environment which respects, values and includes all students, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their spiritual, educational, physical, sensory, 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 College has sought over time to increase the accessibility of provision for all students, staff and visitors to the college and plans to continue to enhance provision.
The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant actions to:
Improve access to the physical environment of the college, adding specialist facilities as necessary. This covers improvements to the physical environment of the college 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 college such as participation in after-college clubs, leisure and cultural activities or college visits. It also covers the provision of specialist aids and equipment, which may assist these students in accessing the curriculum.
Improve the delivery of written information to students, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities. Examples might include hand-outs, timetables, textbooks and information about the college and college events. The information should be made available in various preferred formats within a reasonable time frame.
Action Plans relating to these three aspects of accessibility are reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis and the current action plans are attached.
The College acknowledges that there is a need for on-going awareness raising and training for staff and governors in the matter of disability discrimination and the need to inform attitudes on this matter.
The College’s Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with other College policies, strategies and documents including:
If there are any complaints about the Accessibility Plan, the procedures laid down in the College’s Complaints Policy should be followed.
This plan was adopted by the Governing Body in November 2013.
|Training for all staff on differentiation across the curriculum||Audit of needs from CPD Genie||Improved lesson planning, better engaged students||On-going||Lesson Observations, work scrutiny, improved outcomes for all students|
|Out of School activities organised to ensure participation for all students||Review all activities to ensure compliance||Inclusive activities for all||On-going||Increased participation for all activities|
|All classrooms are accessible to all stakeholders||Raise staff awareness of requirements for individuals and ensure accessibility||Improved accessibility and inclusivity||On-going||All needs respected and supported|
|Assessment of needs for transitional students/ new staff||Ensure transitional plans for all students and new staff before starting at college||Improved transition and awareness of needs||On-going||Improved transitional processes and reduction in timeframes for transition period|
|Building Adaptations||All reasonable adaptations researched and implemented as required.||Improved accessibility to all stakeholders||On-going||Needs of all accommodated and inclusive environment|
|All literature available in alternative formats||Raise awareness of the availability of literature in alternative formats to all stakeholders||Improved communication across the whole college community||On-going||Informed stakeholders and improved communication|