With the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in October 2005, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, in common with all premises offering access to the Public in England and Wales, assumed a mandatory obligation to provide easy access to all parts of its premises for people with Disabilities, wherever reasonably practicable.
The Act recognises however, that full access is not always reasonably achievable in older existing buildings, and therefore states that in these cases people with disabilities should be able to gain easy access into the premises and that the services they require should be made available to them in close proximity to their entry point.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School comprises of a single level building contained on one site only. Access to the site can be gained through two pedestrian entrances, one at the front and one at the rear of the building that are opened at specific times during the school day to allow ease of drop off and pick up of pupils. The driving access is only opened on request via an intercom system. The telephone number for disabled drivers use is signposted on the gates to enable them to contact the office to gain access as the driveway could not facilitate an intercom at driver height. There is a designated disabled parking bay clearly marked on the school car park.
The school building has 100% disabled access to all areas. There are two ramped areas on the rear playground to allow ease of access to all facilities.
Doors to enter the school and all classrooms are also 100% accessible for wheelchair users and there are no changes in floor levels within the building structure.
In addition to the above, there are accessible disabled lavatory facilities in the main school reception area that is clearly signposted as such.