Children with Disabilities
Bispham Endowed Church of England Primary School aims to be an inclusive school and provide equal opportunities for all. The Governing Board is concerned to provide an education for all children wherever possible within a mainstream education setting.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a disabled person as one who has “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”.
Children who are defined as disabled within the act are admitted to our school according to the Local Authority’s admission policy considered in conjunction with the school’s Inclusion Policy.
Upon admission the needs of each child are carefully and sensitively assessed by the class teacher and the school’s Inclusion and Integration Manager working closely with other agencies such as the Local Authority, Social Care and the local Primary Care Trust and appropriate provision is made.
As a school, Bispham Endowed strives to make every reasonable adjustment to enable pupils, parents and carers, staff and visitors to take a full and active part in the everyday life and work of our school. Ramps at the front of the school, in the inner quadrangle and into the Burnside Pavilion facilitate wheelchair access to the building. The school has three disabled toilets suitable for adults and children and adaptations for physically disabled children have been made in three sets of children’s toilets so far. The front entrance to school has automatic doors and the administration block has a low level ‘reception’ window and wide doors to all rooms.
Ongoing adjustments are made to the building as part of our daily work. For example the Office Team readily provide assistance for sensory impaired and other disabled visitors to school. The school’s Disability Equality Scheme, which includes its accessibility plan, is in place and improvement work has already been undertaken. Other alterations and improvements to the building which will make the school more easily accessible for people with disabilities will be made in the next few years as part of the overall plan to improve the building through minor works projects.