Queensmead Primary Academy is a very accessible school for children with physical disabilities. It is all on one level with no steps or stairs. All classrooms have direct access to the playground. The corridors and classrooms are spacious enough on the whole to allow wheelchair access to all areas.
What will happen if my child has physical difficulties?
If your child has mobility or other physical difficulties it is generally advisable to contact the school well before your child is due to start and arrange to meet with the SENCO.
A visit to the school and a walk around the premises together will help parents, SENCO and the Premises Officer to identify any areas of difficulty and to discuss what adaptations may need to be made to enable your child to access all the necessary areas of the school.
Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists may also need to be involved at this stage if there is specific equipment that needs to be obtained by the school for your child.
When it is decided which class your child will be in, there will also need to be a meeting with the class teacher to discuss your child’s particular needs and how they can best be met in school. The teacher will need to be aware of your child’s needs so that her/his planning for the class ensures that your child is able to fully access the curriculum.
What support will my child get in school?
There is such a range of physical difficulties that it is impossible to detail exactly what support might be provided for your child, but our main aim would be to put in place any reasonable adaptation to allow your child to access the learning and benefit fully from their education, alongside their peers. To do this we would need to work closely with parents and outside agencies to take advice about how to make necessary adaptations.
Adaptations for your child may include:
The SENCO and class teacher would meet with you regularly to discuss your child’s progress and to solve any problems that are occurring.
See our Accessibility Policy for more details.