Accessability Plan 2015-2018

Hillary Primary School has been described as having a ‘welcoming and delightfully happy environment in which pupils thrive and want to do their best.’ We want all children to enjoy school, to be challenged to achieve their very best, and to consider their time at the school as their own ‘learning adventure’. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter

Purpose of Plan

This plan shows how Hillary Primary School intends, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors.

Definition of disability

A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to-day activities.

Areas of planning responsibilities


  • Increasing access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum (this 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)
  • Improving access to the physical environment of schools (this includes improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education)
  •  Improving the delivery of written information to disabled pupils (this will include planning to make written information that is normally provided by the school to its pupils available to disabled pupils.  The information should take account of pupils’ disabilities and pupils’ and parents’ preferred formats and be made available within a reasonable time frame

Contextual Information

The original Victorian single storey building houses the majority of the school. An extension built in Summer 2015, currently has 4 classes. 3 disabled toilets are available on the ground floor.  

At present we have no wheelchair dependent pupils, parents or members of staff.

Current Range of known disabilities

The school has children with a range of disabilities to include moderate and specific learning disabilities.

We have a small number of pupils and parents who have a hearing impairment, and one child who has a prosthetic limb.

Increasing access for disabled pupils to the school curriculum

Improving teaching and learning lies at the heart of the school’s work.  Through self-review and Continuous Professional Development (CPD), we aim to enhance staff knowledge, skills and understanding to promote excellent teaching and learning for all children.  We aim to meet every child’s needs within mixed ability, inclusive classes.

It is a core value of the school that all children are enabled to participate fully in the broader life of the school.  Consequently, all children have always been permitted to attend age relevant after school clubs, leisure and cultural activities and educational visits.  The only exception would occur if a child had breached school rules when deprivation of club attendance may be used as a suitable short term sanction and to ensure the safety of others.

 TargetStrategiesTarget  TargetTarget 
Increase confidence of all staff in differentiating the curriculumBe aware of staff training needs on curriculum access
Assign CPD for dyslexia, differentiation and recording methods
Online learning modules if required  
On-going and as required SLTRaised staff confidence in strategies for differentiation and increased pupil participation
Ensure classroom support staff have specific training on disability issues

Be aware of staff training



Staff access appropriate



Online learning modules if required 
As requiredInclusion ManagerRaised confidence of support staff
Ensure all staff are aware of disabled children’s curriculum access

Set up a system of individual access plans for disabled pupils when required


Information sharing with all agencies involved with child

As required Inclusion ManagerAll staff aware of individuals needs
Use ICT software to support learningMake sure software installed where needed As required   ICTWider use of SEN resources in classrooms
All educational visits to be accessible to all  

Develop guidance for staff on making trips accessible


Ensure each new venue is vetted for appropriateness
As required  HT/EVC

All pupils in school able to access all educational visits and take part in a range of


Review PE curriculum to ensure PE accessible to all 

Gather information on accessible PE and disability sports


Seek disabled sports people to come into school 
As requiredPE coordinatorAll to have access to PE and be able to excel

Improving access to the physical environment of the school

Hillary School is continuing to grow and develop, we are currently still growing from 2 form to 3 form entry from Reception top Year 6.  It is hoped that in the near future we will be able to expand the buildings and to improve the facilities.

Provision, in exceptional cases, will be negotiated when a pupil’s specific needs are known.  

We have a wide range of equipment and resources available for day to day use.  We keep resource provision under constant review.  The schools Improvement planning process is the vehicle for considering such needs on an annual basis.


 TargetStrategiesTarget  TargetTarget 

The school is aware of the access needs of disabled pupils,

staff, governors, parent/carers and visitors 

To create access plans for individual disabled pupils as part of the Target Tracker

process when required


Be aware of staff, governors and parents access needs and meet

as appropriate 


Through questions and discussions find out the access needs of parents/carers through newsletter


Consider access needs during recruitment process


Ensure staff aware of

Environment Access


As required 



Induction and ongoing if











Recruitment process 







Head teacher





Head teacher






Head teacher

TARGET TRACKERs in place for disabled pupils and all staff aware of pupils



All staff and governors feel confident their

needs are met 


Parents have full access to all school




Access issues do not influence recruitment and retention issues

Layout of school to allow access for all pupils to all areasConsider needs of disabled pupils, parents/carers or visitors when considering any redesign As required



Site manager/


Re-designed buildings are usable by all
Ensure access to reception area to all

Improve access to reception area during any re-design


Develop system to allow entry for wheel chair users

Consider in any new 


Site Manager

Disabled parents/carers/

visitors feel welcome
Improve signage and external access for visually impaired people

Yellow strip mark step edges

On going Site managerVisually impaired people feel safe in school grounds
Ensure all disabled pupils can be safely evacuated

Put in place

Emergency Evacuation Plan for all pupils with  difficulties.




Develop a system to ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities

As required






Each Sept

H & S








Inclusion Manager

All disabled pupils and staff working alongside are safe in the event of a fire
Ensure accessibility of access to IT equipment

Alternative equipment in place to ensure access to all hardware including hall


Liaise with VI/HI on information with regard to the visual impaired and hearing impaired


On-going and as required 


Software may be



as required


Inclusion Manager

Hardware and software available to meet the needs of children as appropriate

Ensure hearing equipment in classrooms to support hearing impaired

Seek support from LA hearing impaired unit on the appropriate equipment


Soundfields to be installed in at least 2 classes in every year group.

LA hearing officers


Inclusion Manager

All children have access to the equipment
All fire escape routes are suitable for all

Make sure all areas of school can have wheelchair access   



Egress routes visual check  

On-going and as required and as






H & S




Site Manager
All disabled staff, pupils and visitors able to have safe independent egress 

Improving the delivery of written information to disabled pupils

This will include planning to make written information that is normally provided by the school to its pupils available to disabled pupils.  Examples might include handouts, textbooks and information about school events. The information should take account of pupils’ disabilities and pupils’ and parents’ preferred formats and be made available within a reasonable time frame.

In planning to make written information available to disabled pupils we again need to establish the current level of need and be able to respond to changes in the range of need. The school will need to identify agencies and sources of such materials to be able to make the provision when required.  The schools ICT infrastructure will enable us to access a range of materials supportive to need.


 TargetStrategiesTarget  TargetTarget 
Review information to parents/carers to ensure it is accessible

Provide information and letters in clear print in

“simple” English


School office will support and help parents to access information and complete school forms


Ensure website and all document accessible via the school website can be accessed by the visually impaired.















All staff






School Office





Office/ Website design team

All parents receive information in a form that they can access






All parents understand what are the headlines of the school


Improve the delivery of information in writing in an appropriate format 

Provide suitably enlarged, clear print  for pupils with a visual impairment

As requiredOfficeExcellent communication
Ensure all staff are aware of guidance on accessible formats

Guidance to staff on dyslexia and accessible information  


Inclusion Manager



Staff produce their own


Annual review information to be as accessible as possible

Develop child friendly Target Tracker review formats   OngoingInclusion ManagerStaff more aware of pupils preferred method of communications 
Languages other than English to be visible in school 

Some welcome signs to be


2015EAL coordinatorConfidence of parents to access their child’s education 
Provide information in other languages for pupils or prospective pupils who may have difficulty with hearing or language problemsAccess to translators, sign language interpreters to be considered and offered if possible 

As required


Inclusion Manager


Head teacher
Pupils and/or parents feel supported and included  

Provide information in simple language, symbols, large print for prospective pupils or prospective parents/carers

who may have

difficulty with standard form of printed information 

Ensure website is fully compliant with

requirement for access by person with visual impairment.


Ensure Prospectus is available via the school website.  
2014Office All can access information about the school 

Reviewed Sept 2015

To be reviewed Sept 2018