Statement of Intent
Lyndhurst was designed as an accessible school. Lyndhurst is committed to taking all steps required to avoid putting anyone at a disadvantage and works closely with all stakeholders and external agencies to remove any potential barriers to their learning.
We are proactive in the promotion of an inclusive environment, and we look to improve our accessibility whenever we can.
The following has been compiled in line with the legislation listed below:
- Human Rights Act 1998
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
- Education and Inspections Act 2006
- Equality Act 2010
- The Education Act 1996
- The Children and Families Act 2014
The policy has due regard to the national guidelines including but not limited to, the following:
- DfE (2014) The Equality Act 2010 and schools
- DfE (2015) Special Educational needs and disability code of practice 0 to 25 years.
A person is defined as having a disability if they have physical or mental impairment that has an adverse, substantial and long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
The Equality Act 2010 means that schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, marriage or civil partnerships.
Staff members will act in accordance with the schools’ Accessibility Policy/Plan at all times.
The Senior Leadership Team led by the SENDCo and the School Business Manager will create an Accessibility plan with the intention of improving the school’s accessibility.
The Governing Body will be responsible for monitoring the Accessibility Plan.
All staff members are responsible for ensuring that their actions do not discriminate against any pupil, significant adult or staff team member.
The SENDCo will ensure that staff members are aware of individual pupil’s disabilities or medical conditions where necessary. We expect the significant adult with parental responsibility to provide the relevant information to school.
During a new pupil’s induction at Lyndhurst, the SENDCo will establish whether the pupil has any disabilities or medical conditions that the school should be aware of. We expect the significant adult with parental responsibility to provide the relevant information to school.
The SENDCo is responsible for consulting with the relevant and reputable experts if challenging situations regarding pupuls with disabilities are experienced. Where appropriate the Headteacher and/or other members of SLT may be involved.
The SENDCo will work with the headteacher and governing body to ensure that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are appropriately supported.
All staff members and governors will partake in training on equality issues with reference to the Equality Act 2010.
Designated staff members will be trained to effectively support pupils with medical conditions; usually this will be relevant to named pupils and their particular condition/needs.