Section 1: Vision statement

Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of this plan is to show how Billesley Primary School intends, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils.  Billesley Primary School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.

Definition of Disability

According to the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if:
a) He or she has a physical or mental impairment.
b) The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Legal Background

Under the Equality Act 2010 all schools must have an Accessibility Plan. The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation including the DDA. The effect of the laws is the same as in the past, meaning that ‘Schools cannot lawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation’.

This plan has been drawn up based upon information supplied by the Local Authority, and in conjunction with pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school and will advise other school planning documents.

This Accessibility Plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of our school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA:

  1. Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum; which includes teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school, such as participation in after school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits;

  2. Improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;  

  3. Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information, which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.

Documents and policies

The Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the following school policies, strategies and documents:

  • Curriculum policy

  • Equality Objectives

  • Single Equality Policy

  • Staff development policy

  • Health and Safety Policy

  • Special Educational Needs Policy

  • Behaviour Management Policy

  • School Development plan

  • Asset Management Plan/ Suitability Survey

  • School Brochure/ prospectus and Vision Statement

The Schools complaints procedure covers the Accessibility plan.


Whole school training will recognise the need to continue raising awareness for staff and governors on equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010.

Plan Availability:

The school makes the Accessibility Plan available in the following ways:

• A copy is posted on the school’s website

• Paper copies are available from the front office

Review and Evaluation:

It is a requirement that our accessibility plan is resourced, implemented, reviewed and revised as necessary and reported on annually. Below is a set of action plans showing how Billesley Primary School will address the priorities identified in the plan. The plan is valid for three years 2016-9. It is reviewed annually.

Approved by: …………………………


Date: ………………………………….


Next review date: ……………………

Section 2: Aims and objectives

Our aims are to:

  • Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability

  • Improve and maintain access to the physical environment

  • Improve the delivery of written information to pupils


The table below sets out how the school will achieve these aims.


Current good practice

Include established practice and practice under development


State short, medium and long-term objectives

Actions to be taken

Person responsible

Date to complete actions by

Success criteria

Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability


Billesley offers a differentiated curriculum for children of all abilities and uses specific resources to ensure certain pupils are able to access the curriculum fully.

Training for specific staff including medical

Audit of CPD needed.

Class Teacher



List of areas staff feel they would like training for.

Use of ICT equipment

Teachers to be given opportunities to watch Outstanding practitioner use ICT in lessons.

Evidence of ICT equipment being used in lessons more effectively in termly lesson observation.

ASD support for Classteachers and TAS from In - Reach Resource Base

CT and TAs complete ASD suport form on intranet

RB team deliver apporpriate support

Class Teacher


Resource Base staff


Completed ASD support forms.

Evidence logged on In-Reach support sheet.


Resource base on site at Billesley

To integrate resource base children into mainstream activities more.

Integration of school lessons.

Integration of SEN and RB children in clubs. Specific children identified to attend clubs. 


RB staff

Jan 2019

80% of resource base integrating with mainstream children in currciulum time and free time.

Improve and maintain access to the physical environment

Specific children have specific equipment and setting arrangements which have been implemented throughout the year. Ensure a smooth transition occurs in Sept to new classes and implement new ideas for new pupils.

Arrange a meeting to focus on the layout of the classroom environment to ensure accessibility for children with a range of learning/ behavioural / physical needs

Review and implement a preferred layout of furniture and equipment to support the learning process in individual class rooms. Craete a pupil profile for staff to refer to.

Class teacher


Jan 2019

Lessons start on time without the need to make adjustment to accommodate the needs of individual pupils. Staff have relevant knowledge fo children in their class an can adjust needs according to the pupil profile

Improved access to The House.

Pram access improved for parents.

Disabled toilet infomration looked into and grants applied for.

STandards fro commercial building are adhered to. 

Audit of The House to ensure safe at present. RA completed.   Helen Mallard Ongoing Sept 2021


Disabled toilet

Improve the delivery of written information to pupils


Staff are aware of Widgit symbols and have received training on using Communication in Print.

Continual INSET delivered annually

Create NOPS to support the learning environment to ensure a consistent apporach and use of symbols. 

Use Widgit symbols in the classroom environment consistently.

Use visual timetables and calendars.


Class Teacher


Jan 2019

Classroom environment to have resources in place and NOPS followed.

Staff are welcoming and happy to invite parents and visitors into school

Improve communication at the front door

Create pamphlets which are available at the front desk to direct parents and visitors to local support networks e’g’ child trust

Have a TV welcoming parents and visitors with LIVE twitter feed and interesting events displayed. Include BBC news feed.

Have school prospectus available in different languages.


Lead Practitioners

Sept 2019

Pamphlets on display

TV up and working

Prospectus translated.


Section 3: Access audit



Actions to be taken

Person responsible

Date to complete actions by

Number of storeys

School has areas leading to KS1 and KS2 with steps.

Lift already in place. Annual maintenance checks to occur.

Site manager


Corridor access

All corridors are accessible for wheelchairs and wide enough for manoeuvre

Corridors to be tidy and free from obstructions

All school staff

Sept 2018


Improved signage in school.

Use widget symbols to create door signs to inform pupils, new staff, visitors of the particular use for the room and for them to identify important rooms e.g. WC.

To be designed and positioned to inform those with visual impairment and wheelchair users.


Sept 2019

Fire alarms

Currently auditory alarm in place

Visual fire alarms to be installed in new areas of the school and when old areas are being developed.

Site manager


On going to 2021


Newly installed doors are accessible for people standing and sitting in a wheelchair and they can see each other form either side of the door. Older doors are solid with high windows making this impossible.

When doors are replaced they will be accessible for all.

Site manager


On going to 2021

Emergency escape routes

Labels well and clearly displayed throughout school.

Continue to ensure signs are maintained.

Site manager


On going to 2021


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Billesley Primary School
Trittiford Road
B13 0ES
0121 675 2800