Introduction

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment with opportunities for each student to develop the skills and knowledge to become a responsible and successful citizen.

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy occupies a large office on the first floor of a shared office building in the centre of Kendal. Access to the building is via a stone cobbled alley way adjacent to a large car park, once in the building, access to Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy is up one flight of stairs equipped with hand rails for support. The classroom itself is large and spacious, however, has a step running across the middle of the room.

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy provides education and support for young people with varying Special Educational Needs (SEN). We also provide a tutoring service for children, young people and adults in a variety of subjects for a variety of requirements.

Objective

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy aims to provide a curriculum that is differentiated to meet the individual needs and abilities of our students. This plan aims to ensure that Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy is providing a rich and inclusive environment that enables all students to participate fully in the school community by identifying current and future barriers and to find a way, so far as reasonably possible, to prevent and eliminate these barriers.

Scope of the Policy

The SEN and Disability Act 2001 extended the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) to cover education. Since September 2002, the Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled pupils, under part 4 of the DDA:
a) Not to treat disabled pupils less favourably for a reason related to their disability;
b) To make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, so that they are not at a substantial disadvantage;
c) To plan to increase access to education for disabled pupils.

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy recognises the following responsibilities for underpinning these duties:
• To treat all students equally
• Not to discriminate against disabled students in their admission and exclusions, and provision of education
• To take reasonable steps to avoid disadvantaging disabled students
• To publish and review the Accessibility Plan using a self-audit
• Promote positive attitudes and support equal opportunities for people with disabilities
• Encourage participation

Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy adheres by the following principles which underpin all activities within the school:
• All Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy staff will have regard to the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) Code of Practice (2002) when performing any duties
• All Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy policies will comply with the requirements for the Equality Act (2010)
• All children, young people and adults using Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy are individuals and as such are entitled to the best education they can receive regardless of ability or disability
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy provides all students with a curriculum that is tailor made to meet their individual learning requirements and needs
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy recognises and values parents’ and carers knowledge of the young persons’ disability and its effect on their ability to carry out activities
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy recognises the right to confidentiality for all service users and their families/carers

Plan Activities

This plan sets out the proposals of Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA:
1. Access to the curriculum – Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum;
2. Access to the physical environment – Improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;
3. Access to information – Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information, which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.

It Is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resources, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary and reported on annually.

1) Access to the Curriculum
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy assess the provision of curriculum to students on a regular basis, and uses this information to better tailor the curriculum to individual student requirements
• Barriers to participation in Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy is a priority and adjustments will be made, where necessary, to the curriculum and teaching methods
• A challenging curriculum will be created with suitable targets are set and achievements can be assessed
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy will identify staff development needs to improve their ability to meet the needs of students
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy work closely with external agencies, such as, child services, other schools, and other health professionals, and will seek and follow advice from them

2) Access to the Physical Environment
As previously mentioned, Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy is located within a shared office building, and rents an office off the building owners. As such, much of the structural and access issues are beyond the control of Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy. Despite this, in so far as reasonably possible the following points apply:
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy will audit existing facilities and consider ways of making the physical environment more accessible to people with disabilities
• Future possibilities, in regards to the physical access, include the possibility of renting the downstairs office in order to extend the provision of services once the current tenants have vacated. however, the toilet facilities remain on the second floor which would still pose the issue of providing education to wheelchair users.
• Consider how different impairments have specific requirements and can be best catered for within the school environment
• Examine ways of providing and utilising various teaching and learning resources so support and enhance learning
• Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy work closely with external agencies, such as, child services, other schools, and other health professionals, and will seek and follow advice from them

3) Access to Information
Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy staff should have prior knowledge of any difficulties a person has in regards to accessing information. This will quite often be divulged during the registration process of the young person or adult prior to them joining the academy. This will enable the management to ascertain how best to help the person in question and to ensure that necessary procedures are in place ready for the young person or adult starting at Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy. If, at any time a person develops issues in regards to accessing information, then again, Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy management will liaise with parents, carers and support staff to decide how best to support and help that person.

This plan, along with any other policy documents will be available upon request to any interested parties, and will can be made available in large print, paper, or email, should it be required in any other format, a request will be made to Kip McGrath South Lakes Academy who will endeavour to provide it in an acceptable format.