8. HOW WE MAKE SURE THAT OUR SCHOOL AND CLASSROOMS ARE SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND STIMULATING ?
We work hard to make sure that our school building and all classrooms are safe, stimulating and accessible.Over the past five years we have improved the acoustic/sound qualities of our school – for example, we have a Sound Field System in all of our classrooms.We have an Accessibility Plan* through which we are making improvements to the school environment over time – for example, we are removing minor barriers to movement around the school for our pupils with limited mobility; we are improving the clarity of signs around the school to help our children with visual impairment.
Specialist teams, for example Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and the Hearing and Visual Impairment Support Service, Physical Disability Outreach Service provide guidance, advice and equipment for a child with particular access or support needs.
We have a range of equipment designed to support the development of children’s co-ordination and motor skills.
For some children with Special Educational Needs, we provide specialist equipment including digital technology: IPADs and lap-top computers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – ACCESSIBLE SCHOOL AND CLASSROOMS
How accessible is the building for a child who uses a wheel chair?
We are not accessible for wheel-chair users but we will move classes in order to welcome and include a child with limited mobility. We have a lift as part of our accessibility plan – we are working hard to achieve this.
My child has a visual impairment – will the school be able to meet her needs?
We have improved the “visual environment”* – for example, the clarity of signs around the school to help our students with visual impairment. We also work closely with the Camden Sensory Advisory Service* to make sure that we provide the right kind of specialist resources needed to access the curriculum. We also provide training for support staff and have “Sensory champions”* who is developing specialist knowledge of visual and hearing impairment.
What specialist resources and equipment are available for my child?
We aim to provide a service that meets your child’s needs. For example, if your child requires Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, we can arrange for the delivery of this support in our school.