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Charlton Park Academy

Charlton Park Road, Charlton, London, SE7 8HX

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include teaching areas, a pool, fitness room, sports hall, multi purpose hall and a boardroom.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a playground and ball court.
  • Comments View
    • Charlton Park Academy is an 11-18 community special school for pupils with special educational needs.
    • The school also has a small residential unit, not covered in this survey.
    • Out of school hours, the facilities may be used for after-school and holiday clubs.
    • Facilities may also be available to hire by outside groups, such as for conferences or private swimming tuition.
    • The pool and sports hall changing rooms were in use on the day of our visit and it was not possible to fully survey or to photograph these areas.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Charlton.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Charlton.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park is at the side and front of the building.
    • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 300cm x 400cm (9ft 10in x 13ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 70m (76yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located outside the main entrance.
  • Comments View
    • The entrance to the car park is from Cemetery Lane, with the exit onto Charlton Park Road.
    • There is a minibus unloading area where minibuses can reverse up to a raised platform for passengers to get at entrance level.
    • There are moderate slopes within the car park.

Outside Access (Pedestrian Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Charlton Park Road, next to the vehicle exit.
  • 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 doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (Pedestrian Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located after the entrance towards the main entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the Charlton Park Road end of the building.
  • 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 doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located left of the main entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located from the car park to the right of the entrance.
  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the steps.

Outside Access (Alternative Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the Cemetery Road end of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is not used in normal school hours, but could be used out of hours for hirers or to give access to the conference/ board room, bypassing most of the school interior.

Level Change (Alternative 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 moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception

  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk does not have a lowered section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • The lighting levels are adjustable.
  • Comments View
    • The multi-purpose hall (picture 1) has a sprung floor and lighting for theatre/ dance use.
    • Ceiling track hoists cover all the central area of the hall.
    • Picture 2 shows the sports hall.
    • The boardroom/ conference room (picture 3) has an interactive whiteboard.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located near to the sports hall and boardroom.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 230cm (4ft 7in x 7ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • Out of school hours, room hirers would be provided with an electronic fob to operate the lift.

Level Change (Fitness Suite Corridor)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading from the main foyer towards the fitness suite.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Level Change (Route to Sports Hall)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in the main corridor, leading to the sports hall.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located to the right of the ramp.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the steps.

Swimming Pool

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is not a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is a wet side chair available.
  • There is a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • There are steps into the swimming pool.
  • There are 6 steps.
  • Comments View
    • There is a ceiling track hoist which covers the pool and poolside areas.

Accessible Changing Room (Swimming Pool)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing rooms are located off the lobby leading to the poolside.
  • The accessible changing room is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The accessible changing room is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the swimming pool.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 280cm x 280cm (9ft 2in x 9ft 2in).
  • The facilities available in the accessible changing room are a wheel in shower, a changing table, and a manual hoist.
  • Comments View
    • There are two similar changing rooms which may be used as communal changing rooms.
    • It was not possible to obtain a photograph at the time of the survey.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located at the west end of the ground floor.
    • The fitness suite is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is not level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single.
    • The doors are light.
    • The opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.
  • Fitness Suite (General) View
    • Staff receive some training in assisting disabled people.
    • Equipment suitable for mobility or sensory impaired users includes rowing machine, weights.
    • A portable hearing loop is not available for induction.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • The room includes a small adjustable climbing wall.

Outside Access (Access to Playground)

  • This information is for the entrance located from the main corridor to the playground.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in) wide.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located in the south area of the school.
    • The facility is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from staff.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 470cm x 470cm (15ft 5in x 15ft 5in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the bench is 170cm (5ft 7in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rails are on both sides.
    • The type of sink is fixed.
    • Wall mounted hand rails are available at the sink.
    • As you face the sink, rails are available on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the cubicle.
  • Comments View
    • The facility described is the female changing place.
    • There is a similar facility next to this for males (picture 3).
    • Please note that these facilities would not normally be available outside school hours without special arrangement.

Accessible Shower (Changing Place)

  • Accessible shower facilities are available.
  • The showers are located in the changing place.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head and a shower chair.
  • Other facilities available are an adjustable bench and ceiling track hoist.
  • There is level access to the services from the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are also wheel-in showers available in the swimming pool changing rooms.

Standard Changing Room (Sports Hall)

  • The standard changing rooms are located directly off the sports hall.
  • There is level access to the standard changing rooms.
  • Comments View
    • There are separate male and female changing rooms.
    • It was not possible to obtain a photograph at the time of the survey.

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.
    • The accessible toilet is 70m (76yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located next to the sports hall.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • 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 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the sink is 78cm (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 poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a second accessible toilet opposite the one described.
    • This toilet has the transfer space to the right.
    • There are several further accessible toilets throughout the building, on both ground and first floors.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is generally on duty.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • The pictures show part of the playground and garden area which includes a ball court and picnic benches.
    • Near the classrooms there is accessible play equipment, including a wheelchair accessible swing.