Disability and Accessibility Plan

Disability and Accessibility 




This plan is drawn up in accordance with the planning duty in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, as amended by the SEN and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA). It draws on the guidance set out in “Accessible Schools: Planning to increase access to schools for disabled pupils”, issued by DfES in July 2002.


BishopCornishSchoolbuildings are well designed to meet the needs of disabled pupils:


  • all classrooms are on the ground floor;
  • use of these classrooms can be rotated to meet pupils’ needs;
  • all public-access rooms, including front and back entrances, toilets, library, and hall are on the ground floor, with ramp to front door;
  • a disabled toilet was installed in 1998;
  • handrail provided to access KS1 playground 2008 for child with achondroplasia;
  • adaptations made for child with achondroplasia 2008;
  • changing unit on wall installed in 2009 for child requiring catheterisation;
  • medical room built 2011 for child requiring catheterisation and relief of pain for child with achondroplasia;
  • specially designed and built wheelchair for child with achondroplasia 2012.

Definition of Disability

Disability is defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA):

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

Key Objective

  • To reduce and eliminate barriers to access to the curriculum and to full participation in the school community for pupils, prospective pupils and our adult users with a disability.


  1. Compliance with the DDA is consistent with the school’s aims and equal opportunities policy, and the operation of the school’s SEN policy;
  2. The school recognises its duty under the DDA (as amended by the SENDA):
  • not to discriminate against disabled pupils in their admissions and exclusions, and provision of education and associated services
  • not to treat disabled pupils less favourably
  • to take reasonable steps to avoid putting disabled pupils at a substantial disadvantage
  • to publish an Accessibility Plan.


  1. In performing their duties, governors and staff will have regard to the DRC Code of Practice (2002).
  2. The school recognises and values parents’ knowledge of their child’s disability and its effect on his/her ability to carry out normal activities, and respects the parents’ and child’s right to confidentiality.
  3. The school provides all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated and adjusted to meet the needs of individual pupils and their preferred learning styles; works with Cornwall County Council Services for Children, Young People and Families; and endorses the key principles in the National Curriculum 2000 framework, which underpin the development of a more inclusive curriculum:
  • setting suitable learning challenges
  • responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs
  • overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individual and groups of pupils.


BishopCornishSchoolhas identified the following points for action as part of its School Improvement Plan, in order to achieve the key objective:

a)   Delivery of the curriculum

School staff receive training in making the curriculum accessible to all pupils, and are aware of its importance.

The school will continue to seek and follow the advice of LA services, such as specialist teacher advisers and SEN inspectors/advisers, and of appropriate health professionals from the local NHS Trusts.

b)    Physical environment

The school will take account of the needs of pupils and other users with physical difficulties and sensory impairments when planning and undertaking future improvements and refurbishments of the site and premises, such as improved access, lighting, acoustic treatment and colour schemes, and more accessible facilities and fittings.

In particular:

  • the cost of installing a lift or ramp to the school playgrounds will be investigated;
  • the height of the entry-phone will be reviewed;
  • signs in Braille or Moon will be provided at the front entrance if required;
  • water fountain will be lowered;
  • furniture purchased for specific need;
  • put in lowered curb on front drive;
  • disabled access via geography area with ramp.


c) Provision of information in other formats


The school is aware of local services, including those provided through the LA, for providing information in alternative formats when required or requested.


Linked Policies


This Plan will contribute to the review and revision of related school policies, e.g.

  • School Development Plan
  • SEN policy
  • Equal Opportunities policy
  • Curriculum policies

Appendix – Disability Access Plan

Date of Plan: December 2009


Updated June 2012


To be reviewed 2013


The plan is also available in the following formats, on request to the head teacher:  email; enlarged print version; other formats by arrangement.






This Access Plan cross references to theBishopCornishSchoolpolicy for Special Educational Needs, and the Single Equality and Diversity Scheme and the Audit of Premises undertaken by the LA Capital Team.


The school will comply with the Disability Discrimination Act requirements and work with the LA to bring access issues up to standard with reference to curriculum, premises and communication with pupils and their homes.


In the long-term the intention is to ensure that the school is wholly accessible in curricular, premises and communication terms to all the people who may be served by it.  To this end we shall focus on all access strategies which will aim to overcome some of the barriers to learning or participation which might be experienced by disabled people served by or serving the school.


Should any prospective child or member of staff be in need of premises adaptation, the governors will inform the LA and Diocese immediately.


The attached grid outlines the targets which are designed to assist us towards our stated objective.  Please refer to the accessibility audit plan for details of each issue.


The timescale of these improvements will be determined by the provision of funding to enable them to happen and need.  Times given are targets only – we shall aim to meet these targets if funding is provided.