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Mobility support

We recognise student who can be restricted in their movement, either due to a long-term medical condition or as a result of an accident/injury.

We understand that the use of adaptive devices or mobility aids such as canes, wheelchairs, crutches and artificial limbs can be essential for students when accessing college.

Access all areas

Blackpool Sixth’s policy is to totally integrate students with mobility needs into normal college life. Blackpool Sixth has special height adjustable tables in the dining room and in Student Services. These can be placed in classrooms for all of your lessons.

We have lifts to all of the upper floors as well as ramps to ensure you can access all areas. You will be provided with a personal evacuation plan, in case of an emergency.

Discussions between the Additional Support team, teachers, site management and senior management take place on a regular basis to review the continuing well-being of a student.

Students with mobility needs are considered individually. Any additional support is negotiated between you, an additional support teacher, your parents and high school as well as relevant members of staff at Blackpool Sixth. A member of additional support will attend your transitional review at school and suggest ways in which we can help, if you decide to become one of our students.

How can we help?

A member of additional support is available should you need any support in class, the dining room or with general care.

  • Around college
  • Accessible toilets
  • Key to access lifts
  • Taxi service, funded through the individual DLA, Blackpool Sixth or the Local Education Authority (LEA)
  • Lockers if required

Lessons

  • In-class support with a member of the Additional Learning Support (ALS) team
  • Out-of-class support, in the Focus Centre
  • The use of a laptop or computer
  • A social skills, emotional literacy or other relevant programme

Lunch

Dedicated staff and students run a ‘friendly’ table throughout the lunch period. There are also buddy mentors who are students who you can meet up with to introduce you to new friends and help you to settle in.

Recreational/Enrichment activities

You are encouraged to try a variety of recreational / enrichment activities in order to enjoy every aspect of  life at Blackpool Sixth. A recreation / enrichment activity is compulsory for all Lower Sixth students. Negotiation would take place between you, the tutor of the chosen recreation, and the Head of Additional Support to ensure that you may take part in the activity safely.

Independence skills

If necessary, part of your learning agreement could involve developing independence skills including shopping, travelling and money management.

Exam access arrangements

Subject to an assessment, Blackpool Sixth can apply for special exam considerations, please click here for further information.

Downloads

To view our leaflet on how Blackpool Sixth supports students with mobility support please click here.