The school operates across two sites – KS3-KS4 students are based at the main Skircoat Green site, and KS5 students are based at a new purpose built facility at Spring Hall. Each site is fully accessible to both wheelchair users, ambulant students and those who use a variety of mobility equipment. The car park areas both maintain disabled parking spaces close to the reception entrance. The reception area benefits from door sensors to make the front of the building accessible with a lowered counter in reception for wheelchair access, although access into the main school is swipe card protected to ensure utmost safety for all. Each site has several fully accessible and well equipped hygiene suites with ceiling hoists, disabled toilets and shower toilets to ensure all students’ personal hygiene needs are met with dignity.
Physical access to the curriculum is adapted as and when required through the use of hoists, rise and fall tables and specialist seating as required by individual students. School liaises closely with physiotherapy and occupational therapy to ensure the provision of specialist resources to ensure full access to all teaching and learning opportunities. All curriculum areas are resourced to meet the needs and ensure full inclusion for all students. Specialist equipment has been purchased to support physical activities and therapies such as rebound therapy and sensory integration. The school has a wide range of bikes and trikes to support the development of gross motor skills for some students and to meet the sensory needs of others.
Regular liaison takes place with Multi-Sensory Impairment team re students who are visually and hearing impaired. Environmental audits for our visually impaired students are also regularly undertaken to promote independence within the environment. Our visually impaired students benefit from a VI trained teacher (also trained in braille), and there is a dark sensory room available for VI assessment.
The school provides a total communication environment which includes the use of objects of reference, pictures, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication), symbols, braille and in some cases high tech communication aids. The school benefits from clear and prominent signage for visitors, parents and carers. The signage also promotes greater independence and skill development for students and students using their preferred mode of communication.
The school has all required policies and guidance in place based primarily on Calderdale model policies and guidance. These can be accessed via the website or requested from the school office.
School uses a variety of ways to share information: school website, letters to parents, home school diaries, telephone calls, parent text and a closed, Facebook page. For parents/carers whose first language is not English, the school will seek to provide an interpreter to attend meetings. School have a number of bilingual staff who can assist in making phone calls home. School aims to ensure all communications in written format are clear and concise but will inform parents/carers and family members verbally where appropriate.
To ensure access to the community for all our young people we have four minibuses, two of which are fully accessible minibuses with tailgates.