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Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School - Main Building - A Block

Belltrees Grove, Streatham, London, SW16 2HY

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The sports hall, which is linked to A Block and C Block, was in use for exams on the day of our survey (March 2016) and not available to be surveyed.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Streatham.
  • The nearest underground station is Tooting Bec.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Parking (Staff and Blue Badge)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in front of A and D blocks.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 250cm x 490cm (8ft 2in x 16ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is a further area of car parking to the right after the vehicle entrance gate.
    • The drive linking this car park with the main car park and other buildings is steep.

Outside Access (Pedestrian Gate - Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the end of Belltrees Close.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (Pedestrian Gate - Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located after the gate towards the main building.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.

Outside Access (Pedestrian Gate - Hill Path Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located leading from Hill Path.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 98cm (3ft 3in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This gate is unlocked and held open at the start and end of the school day only.
    • It opens into the playground used by the lower school.
    • Hill Path is a footpath which links Streatham Common North and Valley Road.

Level Change (Pedestrian Gate - Hill Path Entrance)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located immediately after the gate, leading down to the playground.
  • There is / are 13 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium height.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front right of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 134cm (4ft 5in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.

Level Change (Pupil Access Route)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located leading from the car park level up to the left hand side of A Block.
  • There is / are 8 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • After the steps, there is a stepped ramp down with 6 medium steps to the rear playground.
    • The steps of the stepped ramp are not clearly marked.
    • There are no handrails.
    • This route is used to link the car park/pedestrian entrance from Belltrees Close with the playground at the rear of A Block where the pupil entrances are located.

Outside Access (Pupil Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the lower school playground to the rear of A Block.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance opens onto the stairs off the foyer.
    • There is also a second pupil entrance with 160cm wide manual, light doors which open outwards.
    • This entrance opens onto the staircase to all levels.

Level Change (Pupil Entrance)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 7 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium height.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There is a further medium marked step at the doorway.
    • There are 10 similar medium, unmarked steps at the pupil entrance from the playground to the main staircase.

Level Change (Link Between Upper and Lower Playgrounds)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located at the end of the building.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located next to the building.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium height.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).

Outside Access (Basement Pupil Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the upper school playground.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in) wide.

Level Change (Basement Pupil Entrance)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Reception

  • The desk is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • The chapel is located on the first floor and can be opened up to the main hall with folding doors.

Level Change (Access to Classrooms and Standard Toilets)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located in the main ground floor corridor.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium height.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are steps from the corridor to the main stairs and the male standard toilets.
    • There are multiple similar level changes in the corridors.

Level Change (Bridge Link to Sports Hall)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading from Block A, past the gyms to the sports hall.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Other Floors (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Other View
    • The services / areas on the floors which are not accessible are classrooms.
  • Comments View
    • There is a second staircase off the foyer which accesses floors G-1-2-3 only (photo 2).
    • The pupil entrances from the playground arrive at a half landing on both sets of stairs.

Standard Changing Room

  • There are standard changing rooms available.
  • The standard changing room is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing rooms are located on level G, off the balcony overlooking the gym.
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is not level access to the shower facilities.
  • The shower cubicle(s) / area is / are accessed via a shallow step.
  • Comments View
    • There is level access to the changing rooms from the main entrance but not the pupil entrances.
    • There is no level access between the changing rooms and the sports facilities.

Level Change (Gyms)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located through doors to the right of the foyer.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium height.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left of the foyer.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 290cm (4ft 11in x 9ft 6in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are mirrors.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in) high.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the corridor to the right of the foyer.
    • The female toilets are 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the corridor to the right of the foyer.
    • The male toilets are 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional female and male toilets on level 1.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located on the grass around the car parking areas.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.