The aim of the review was to reassess the current state of physical accessibility of the buildings on site as well as identify opportunities for improvements to what already exists and is in place. Areas and opportunities for improvement have been identified by building and area, they have been summarised in the attached action plan.
The school has approximately 1097 students and up to 100 staff on a daily basis. There are also events such as concerts and award ceremonies, where parents/carers attend the site. Offices are dispersed across the site with the Admin office being in the Main School Building. The staff room is in the centre of the site.
There are five access points from the main road but only three are in general use. Most traffic (foot and vehicle) is through the main gate.
Opportunities for change are part of the consideration for any future refurbishment or additional builds or building developments. Minor enhancements are listed as recommendations and are summarised in this action plan.
The site does run a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (Peep) for every student and staff member that requires one i.e. would have difficulty with an evacuation from a building in an emergency.
The site is supplied with the MITEL 5312 IP Phone which is a hearing aid compatible hand set.
Building 907 requires some work to the flooring. The work is dependent on the outcome of an EFA decision for funding later this year (2016).
There is a site way finder information map which is available to assist with navigating the site.
This building was constructed in the late 1890s and was built as a boys boarding school. There are 3 main floors and 3 split levels within the building, which makes up the 6 levels. The loft spaces have also been developed into useable rooms and teaching/storage areas.
St Stephens is accessible from St Stephens’s Way (road level and through the main school building). St Stephens Way does restrict wheelchair dependants to level 2 (Music) and access from the main school is via a number of flights of stairs. Most rooms are small, especially the welfare facilities and there is no lift in St Stephens or the main building link.
|Approach and Car Parking||Car parking available if required||Bookable through reception to ensure space available in advance||Alternatively drop off and collect|
|External lighting to be reviewed||October 2016 onwards||Action Plan|
|Maintain routes for leaves in autumn/winter|
|Routes and external level charges||Investigate the viability of a ramp for the level 2 St Stephens Way entrance||Investigate requirement for a ramp for wheel chair access to level 2||Plan and cost|
|Entrances Including Reception||Kick plate and lower level glass which is frosted.||Review if doors are replaced or required for routine access by wheel chair||Remains an opportunity if the doors replaced|
|Horizontal Movement and Assembly||All corridors have some level changes - not suitable for wheel chairs||Ensure paint schemes and stair nosing's are maintained for the visually impaired|
|Fire signage. Familiarisation with the building is required for new staff and students||PEEP to be maintained for all who require it|
|Vertical Movement and level Change||There is no lift in the building|
|Lavatories||There is no lavatory provision for wheel chair dependants||To be considered on any refurbishment projects|
|Information||There is no hearing assistance in the building||To be purchased as required||Investigate portable devices/induction loop|
|Means of Escape||Final routes on level 2 only are accessible to wheel chair dependants||No access to upper floors for those with mobility restrictions||Fire routes are to be maintained and kept clear|
This building was constructed in 1964 and is a typical concrete cast reinforced school building. There is good access to the main part of the building from the reception to the main hall and dining facilities as they are all on the same level.
Corridors are wide but there is only disabled adapted lavatory facilities on the ground floor (Level 4). There are no lifts in the main building.
The area at the front of the building is fairly level, although there is an incline either side of the car park.
|Approach and Car Parking||There is a dedicated and maintained disable parking space close to the main reception||Continue to maintain this parking space correctly marked||Included on the maintenance plan|
|Kerbs are ramped to avoid obstructions by kerbs||Repair damaged ramp by kitchen. There are cracked blister tiles.|
|Routes and external level charges||There are no ramps at the front of the building. The path to the main door is on a slight incline.||Not required|
|Stair nosing's are repainted as required||Maintain a stock of paint for maintenance||Investigate long term fitted solution for step nosing's in high traffic areas|
|Entrances Including Reception||The main reception desk does not cater for wheel chair access||Investigate the possibility of adapting the reception desk||Main consideration if there was a refurbishment|
|No kick plate on the main front or internal doors||Considered if and when the doors are replaced|
|Horizontal Movement and Assembly||Signs in the main reception areas||Review signage in the main reception areas where parents and visitors gather|
|No facility for audio impaired in the main school hall or reception||Investigate the provision an induction loop||Forward plan, investigate and costing|
|Vertical Movement and level Change||There is no lift in the building. Restricted access to upper floors|
|Doors||Mainly glass doors have no kick plate||Considered if and when the doors are replaced|
|Lavatories||Once equipped facility on the ground level floor only. left sided approach only.||Tap to be replaced||To go on the maintenance plan|
|Information||No hearing assistance for reception||Investigate the provision an induction loop|
|Reception and Kitchen staff trained to in communication with people with physical and sensory disabilities.||Most staff fairly experienced in dealing with students and adults. Investigate training available - external and in house.||Forward planner with costing for training provision.|
|Way finder plan available to show rooms to floors||Issued as required|
|Means of Escape||There are no lifts so access to the upper floors is restricted|
The Lodge is the old caretakers house built in the 1960s and is now used as offices. It is a small three bedroom building with a narrow staircase. Access is restricted to the ground floor for wheelchair dependants.
|Approach and Car Parking||Close to the main gate and disabled parking|
|The main entrance door has a raised threshold. There is a portable ramp for wheel chair access|
|The front door does not have a vision panel, it is a domestic glass door which is frosted glass.|
|Routes and external level charges||All doors have been replaced with vision panels in the last twelve months|
|Lavatories||There is no adapted lavatory in this building. The existing facilities are restricted to a small domestic sized toilet.|
|Means of Escape||Audible fire alarm only||Investigate the possibility of a visual device for the lodge alarm||Forward maintenance plan|
Prospect is a three storey purpose built teaching block built in the late 1990s. There are lifts in this building.
|Approach and Car Parking||There is parking at the front of the building. Parking can be reserved if required. The path from the car park to the building entrance is restricted in width.||Access the ability to widen the path alongside the building||Forward maintenance plan|
|Routes and external level charges||The two entrance doors are on the level plane|
|Entrances Including Reception||The main doors need repainting as they are white with no other distinguishing features||Redecorate with contrasting colours to improve the LRV||Forward maintenance plan|
|Vertical Movement and level Change||The first and second floor corridors are restricted in width due to fire doors||Redesign if replaced|
|Doors||Kick plates||Fit when doors are repaired or replaced|
|Lavatories||There are no specific provision of lavatories for people with disabilities||Main School Building only|
|Information||No hearing assistance||Procured as required||To be kept in reception|
|Means of Escape||Restricted access to ground floor for wheelchairs|
The staff room was probably part of the old Clewer building construction and dates to about 1920/30s. A single storey sports pavilion type building which is now used as a staff room with some storage. The staff room is positioned in the middle of the site. There are steps between the staff room and Penfold House.
|Approach and Car Parking||Closet access is via the gate at the rear of the building by the school shop|
|Parking can be at the main school car park, Penfold House or the shop.|
|Routes and external level charges||Ramp at the rear of the building. There are no hand rails on the ramp.||Repaint the edges and kerbs on the ramp for contrast||Forward maintenance planner|
Front of the building is accessible with one step on the door threshold.
A ramp would extend on to the main access path for the school and would likely cause a hazard.
|Consider a ramp if the door is replaced.|
|Entrances Including Reception||The rear door where the ramp is situated does no have a vision panel||Vision panel a consideration when a new door is fitted|
|Horizontal Movement and level Change||This is a small single storey building|
|Doors||There is no kick plate for the rear door||Consider a ramp if the door is replaced or use of the ramp increases|
|Lavatories||The building has its own adapted disabled toilets. Ramp access at the rear of the building. Left sided approach only.|
|Means of Escape||The fire alarm is audible only||Investigate the possibility of a visual device for the staff room alarm||Forward maintenance plan|
Penfold is a three storey building constructed in 1904 as a girl’s boarding school. The building is listed and therefore has some restrictions on what changes/alterations can be made. Planning permission is required for alterations. There are some movement restrictions due to the design and size of the main areas and spaces. There is no lift for this building. Some fire escape routes are fixed to the outside of the building and require a step up to access them.
|Approach and Car Parking||There is dedicated parking to the front and rear of the building. Parking can be booked if required.|
|External lighting needs reviewing as there are some darker areas to the side and rear of the building||Lighting review. Install additional lighting as required|
|External step nosing's are showing the signs of wear||Repaint or replace with a harder wearing surface||By Easter 2017|
|There are a number of steps to get to the building from the main school||Enter vis Penfold car park gate which is level||Maintain the step nosing's|
|Routes and external level charges||There are two steps into the building at the front and rear. There are no ramps||Investigate the provision of on step being fitted with a ramp or the provision of a mobile ramp||Forward maintenance planner|
|Entrances Including Reception||The doors are solid wood with no glass vision panels. The building is listed.|
|Doors||Most of the doors are solid wood with no vision panel||Review when replaced|
|Lavatories||There is one dedicated wheelchair fitted lavatory restricted size due the space available. Requires a new sign.||To be reviewed when the area is refurbished||Maintenance to fit new sign|
|Information||Way finder plan available to show rooms to floors as well as the remainder of the Upper School|
The building is a single storey mobile, probably installed on site in the 1980s. It is high off the ground and requires 6 steps to access the building. There are no ramps or lifts for this building.
|Approach and Car Parking||Parking is within 20 meters in the Penfold/Drama quadrangle|
|The lighting at the front of the building requires a review as it is not well lit and may leave dark areas on the paths.||Lighting review, fit and replace lamps and fittings as required.||Forward maintenance plan|
|Routes and external level charges||There are no ramps. Stairs only.||Access the viability of a ramp when the stairs are replaced.|
|Entrances Including Reception||Signage||Review signage heights when they need replacing.|
|Main doors requires repainting/maintenance||Review colours||Forward maintenance plan|
|Lavatories||Nearest lavatories are in Penfold House|
|Means of Escape||Stairs only|
There is no clear date for the installation of these wooden construction class rooms. It is estimated that they are at least 20 years’ old which would make them 1980s vintage.
The building consists of 2 basic single storey classrooms which are accessed by steps.
|Approach and Car Parking||Penfold quadrangle|
|The area around the class rooms||The upper school requires an external lighting review with a view of improvement. Act on findings.||Forward maintenance plan|
|Routes and external level charges||Steps only|
|Step nosing's are showing signs of wear||Maintain and repaint|
|Entrances Including Reception||The door threshold is raised. This is part of the door design||Review when doors are replaced|
|Means of Escape||Steps to escape the building|
This building is a traditional single storey wooden framed external wooden planked. There are 2 main rooms both on the same level. The building dates back to at least the 1930s. It is pre 1947 and therefore has special status and requires planning for all alterations.
It is in the curtilage of a listed building and therefore carries the same status for planning and alteration. The main access to the building is via steps.
|Approach and Car Parking||Penfold quadrangle|
|The path to the building is of restricted width|
|External lighting requires reviewing||Part of the upper school review for darker areas|
|Routes and external level charges||Steps to access the main door. Door route width restricted||Possible mobile ramp if required for wheel chair access|
|Step nosing's show signs of wear||Maintain painting||Long term repair|
|Entrances Including Reception||Entrance e door is restricted due to building design|
A traditional single storey prefabricated mobile class room. It is estimated to have been on site for at least 10 years which would date to the 1990s. It has a ramp for access at the front but no lift.
|Approach and Car Parking||Penfold quadrangle|
|Busses drop of at the main gate by main building. There are steps to negotiate to get to 904.|
|Routes and external level charges||There is a ramp at the front of the building||Repaint hand rails and ramp edges for contrast|
This is a single storey building of brick built construction. It appears on plans as far back as the early 1940s. It was originally a school kitchen and dining area.
There are no steps for access to the building. It is currently used for drama.
As a pre-1947 building it has special status for alterations.
It is located within the curtilage of a listed building.
|Approach and Car Parking||Close to the main road (Coolinge Lane) with parking in the Penfold quadrangle. Parking can be reserved.|
|External lighting needs to be reviewed||Reviewed as part of the upper school review||Act on findings|
|No vision panels in the main door. This door is normally left open.||Review when replacements required or refurbishment.|
|Lavatories||There is a toilet in the building but it is not adapted for wheel chairs. Penfold house for toilets.|
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