‘All schools have duties under the Equality Act 2010 towards individual disabled children and young people. They must make reasonable adjustments to prevent them being put at a substantial disadvantage. Schools also have wider duties to prevent discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and to foster good relations’ (‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years’. (DfE September 2014)
St John’s is a school guided by Gospel Values and this underpins our wider mission to promote the inclusion of students with SEND and disabilities. We use our best endeavours to ensure that all students with SEND and disabilities are able to fully participate in the life of the school, both in their learning and in the wider provision and life of the school. Adaptations and provisions regarding staffing are made for SEND and disabled students to enable them to participate in school trips and other out of class activities. This includes wheelchair access, use of lifts and personal evacuation plans and the provision of disabled toilets.
Students with SEND are encouraged, supported and given opportunities to become involved with extra-curricular activities. For example, current students with SEND have been involved with the following clubs: T9 quiet lunchtime, breakfast and The ARC, homework club, handwriting club, Future Business magnates, STEM club, sports clubs, and drama and the Arts. SEND students have also participated in student panels for new members of staff, Year 6 transition support school productions and charity events.