PARK VIEW COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Disability Equality Scheme
Park View Community School recognises that it has a duty to ensure that all disabled people who enter the school site have a right
to be treated in a fair and equitable way, be they pupils, parents, carers, staff or visitors. In order to do this, we accept that we have a
duty to consult with disabled pupils, parents and staff as well as recognised representative organisations and the LEA, in order to develop our
facilities to meet the needs of all.
In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) we recognise the definition of a disabled person as someone who has:
"a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect upon his or her ability to carry out normal day to
The test of whether an impairment affects normal day to day activity is whether it affects one or more of the following:
As we have looked to develop a Disability Equality Scheme, we have consulted with the following:
- Manual dexterity;
- Physical co-ordination;
- Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects;
- Speech, hearing or eyesight;
- Memory or ability to concentrate, learn or understand;
- Perception of risk or physical danger.
The school will continue to use these mechanisms for consultation in the future, but will also seek to widen the spectrum
of those consulted, specifically:
- The parents of disabled children who would like to come to Park View Community School to identify particular needs
and to ensure that, where possible, these could be met.
- The parents of disabled students who have entered the school and the students themselves to ensure that all of their needs
are being met.
- Durham County Council in order to ensure that as facilities are developed they meet the requirements of the DDA.
- The Health and Safety Executive in order to ensure that any modification of the buildings attempted does not
contravene legislation to protect any students, staff or visitors to the school.
The school has collected information on students with disabilities in Park View through parental / carer contact with SENCO at
point of entry to the school, and staff with disabilities through the application form at point of entry to the school. This information
has then been acted upon.
- Through contacting representative organisations in this field from the wider community.
- Through encouraging disabled students to have representation on the School Council.
- Through setting up a forum to collect and collate the views of disabled students.
- Through amending the bi-annual student, parent and staff surveys to include questions about access to the curriculum
and the facilities by the disabled.
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