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Disability

Woodside Academy is committed to  equality of opportunity and we have installed a number of facilities for disabled children and adults.

There are two disabled spaces in the car park but these are currently needed by two disabled children who need to be driven to school and are not available for other parents to use. If you are disabled and need to come into school for some reason contact the school office and we will try to make special arrangements for you. There are two disabled toilets with showers; one in the main corridor for the general use of any disabled children, staff or visitors and one located in the nursery for use by younger children plus disabled toilets in our mobile classroom blocks and new extension.

Although we have some classrooms upstairs these are organized as duplicates of rooms downstairs for children in year 3, 4, 5, and 6. The stair edges have been painted white to assist those with restricted vision. Other than the upstairs classrooms the site is on one level and there are no raised steps to any of the entrances.  Our new extension provides a lift to give access to the first floor providing access to all the upstairs rooms. Main entrances are double doors which do not open automatically but staff are ready to open doors for wheel chair users as necessary. There are no steps into the school.

We have had a number of children with a hearing loss and, where necessary their teachers use special microphones or dedicated sound reinforcement systems.

We have installed sound absorbing baffles in the dining hall as this room was very resonant and could be noisy at lunchtimes. We wanted to make it more pleasant for all users but especially for those with hearing loss and for any children with autism who find noisy places threatening.

 

 

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