School staff are aware of the access needs of disabled pupils, staff and parents/ carers. School visits are accessible to all pupils irrespective of attainment or impairment. Please refer to our Accessibility Policy and Plan / SEND for detailed information.
If you have a speech or hearing impairment you can contact us by dialling 018001 and then the school’s number including the area code. For more information on this service please click on the following link: http://ngts.org.uk/
The school is situated within the Lancaster Park housing estate on the northern perimeter of Morpeth. There is a steep gradient into the estate but the road the school is located on is flat and level. The nearest mainline Railway Station is 1.6 miles from the school and the bus station is located 1 mile. Local buses run to the estate and there is a main bus stop 600 m from the main school entrance.
This venue does have its own car park with a tarmac surface. This may be used as a designated drop off point or alternatively for longer stay, a disabled car parking spaces is available. Entry to the car park is a via a key press operated system which can be remotely controlled from the office. The entry code is provided freely to all registered parents/carers. If you need assistance entering the school site please telephone 01670 512803 ext. 4 upon arrival and we will remotely lift the barrier for you.
The main doors open towards you (pull) and are double width. Please note these doors are heavy. There are no steps leading into main office.
Classrooms are spread across the ground floor. At present, there is not a hearing assistance system and the lighting levels are varied. Motorized scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue, although visitors must note that they cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs inside the school building.
There is a disabled toilet facility near the main school entrance.
Accessible Communication Formats (Government guidance)
Producing accessible materials for print or online (Abilitynet)
Creating clear print and large print documents (UK Association for Accessible Formats)
Am I making myself clear? (Mencap’s guidelines for accessible writing)
Dyslexia Style Guide (British Dyslexia Association)
The school will use the DfE checklists ‘Identifying Barriers to Access in order to draw up its access audit checklist and action plan. Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School’s building is designed to meet the needs of disabled pupils. The school was built in 1972. During 2006/2007 a large extension was constructed which followed the publication of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; many features of the school confirm with the requirements of this legislation. All rooms are on the same level; all public-access rooms, including front and back entrances, toilets, library and hall are on the same level, with no steps to the main front entrance/KS2 rear access. However, entrance to KS1, Nursery and external classroom doors have one single step. Wide access doors allow entrance to main school foyer/offices and hall. Two internal doors in the KS1 corridor and KS1 corridor entrance to school hall have limited access space – see action plan). There are two disabled toilets one in the main KS1/KS2 corridor and one near the main entrance foyer; doors are wide enough to allow access to rooms and corridors; handles on corridor doors are at the height of wheelchair users and emergency cord pulls installed. There is a designated disabled person’s parking bay in the staff car park with level access to the main school site and entrances. There are no external steps leading onto the school grounds. There is, however, a single step to the KS1 entrance door and to each of the external classroom doors. A low level ramp leads to the main entrance door and to the KS2 entrance door. Widening of all paths around school took place in 2013 together with the removal of steps from the rear gate to the main playground. In 2015, the school hall was completely refurbished, which involved: new LED sports lighting, windows to increase ventilation and new floor surfacing with sports markings which contrast to walls areas. In 2016, painting and decorating to all classrooms with displays limited to specific areas creates visual balance together with new flooring to 4 No. classrooms. During the summer 2017 term, the following improvements were carried out further enhancing the accessibility of the school site and facilities for all users, including upgrading teaching work stations. New pathways installed around the school pond new reflection area created in the school grounds. An automatic car park barrier installed with access via key press system. The barrier can also be controlled remotely from the main school building.
During 2018 the following improvements were carried out:-
Plans for 2019 include painting all corridors and ancillary rooms with good contrast between walls/floors and doors.
Our school is situated in attractive and extensive well maintained grounds in a small housing estate, Lancaster Park, which is north of the town of Morpeth. The school first opened in 1972 and was formerly known as Wansbeck St Aidan Church of England Aided First School until it was renamed in 2001.Read More of the school welcome page