Christ Church C.E.
Primary School

Denshaw, Saddleworth

Accessibility Plan


Our Mission Statement

Christ Church Primary School, Denshaw offers a happy, safe and caring environment. We have a unique family atmosphere where each child is valued as an individual. We encourage a love of learning and promote a child’s natural curiosity through varying challenges, experiences and opportunities. As a small church school, we develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and foster a respect for other people and their beliefs.

Contextual Information 

Christ Church was built in 1824, it is on one level but is built on a slope which means there are stairs to the main entrance from both Delph Rd and Huddersfield Rd. The gradient is too steep to create a ramp so therefore the school is not accessible for wheelchairs.

Schools’ Planning Duty 

Schools need to carry out accessibility planning for pupils with a disability.  These are the same duties as previously existed under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and which have been replicated in the Equality Act 2010:

  • To promote equality of opportunity for disabled people: pupils, staff, parents, carers and other people who use the school or may wish to; and
  • To prepare and publish a Disability Equality Scheme to show how they will meet these duties.

This Accessibility Plan forms part of the school’s Disability Equality Scheme and is a statutory duty.  It sets out how the governing body plans to proactively improve the equality of opportunity for those within its school community who have a disability.  The duty is to anticipate and plan for their future needs.

Definition of disability

According to the Act a “disabled person is defined as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has an effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-today activities”.  The effect must be substantial, long term and adverse. The Equality Act definition of disability covers physical disabilities, sensory and other mental impairments and learning disabilities.

Areas of planning responsibilities 

  1. 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)
  2. Improving access to the physical environment of schools (this includes improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education)
  3. 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 timeframe

It is a requirement that the school’s Accessibility Plan is resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary. The plan is to be reviewed and updated at least every three years.


In drawing up this Accessibility Plan the school set the following priorities:

  • To provide safe access throughout the school for all school users
  • To ensure that the learning and teaching environment and the resources used are suitable for all staff and pupils, tailoring the requirements to suit individual needs.
  • To provide training to all staff regarding the needs of disabled people and how to provide assistance to enable them to enjoy the school experience as fully as possible.

Christ Church Primary School is committed to equal opportunities and inclusion. This Accessibility Plan is not a standalone document but should be considered alongside the following school policy documents:

  • Special Educational Needs policy
  • Equalities Policy
  • Equalities Information
  • Our SEN Information Report
  • Safeguarding policy and arrangements
  • Health & Safety policy
  • Staff related policies, e.g. risk assessments, Return to Work


This plan itself will also be used to advise and inform other school planning documents and policies.   It will be the responsibility of the whole school community to implement this scheme in a manner which promotes the inclusive ethos of our school.

Our school has close working relationships with its feeder nurseries and pre-schools with thorough transition arrangements in the summer term before starting at school.  This may include multi-agency meetings with parents and all professionals involved in supporting the child. The school SEN policy ensures that staff identify, assess and arrange suitable provision for pupils with special educational needs and / or disability. Working with QEST, outreach services, health professionals and Educational Psychology Service, the SENCo manages the Statutory Assessment process, ensuring additional resources, including staffing, are allocated where appropriate through additional top-up funding. The school’s pastoral team also provides additional support for pupils and supports teachers in implementing strategies for improving pupils’ behaviour and access to learning. The teachers and  teaching assistants have a wide range of qualifications, training and experience of working with children with a varied range of needs.






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