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Hartlepool Sixth Form, Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, TS25 5PF

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in July 2021.
  • There is not a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are hand held.
  • The hand held hand sanitiser is located on a table to the right of the reception desk as you exit the admin block lift.
    The height of the table is 72cm.
  • There is not a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There is a variety of wall mounted signage and floor markings to help with social distancing.
    There is a maximum occupancy in some rooms, which is clearly displayed on signs on or next to the doors.
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Protective clear screens are located at the reception desk and the main library counter.
  • Toilets are available.
  • There is a maximum occupancy of 1 person in the standard toilets, which is clearly signed on the door.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Summary

Useful Information

Getting Here

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front right of the building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Hartlepool Sixth Form.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac and block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 8 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 239cm x 589cm.
    • The Blue Badge parking bays have a marked zone to both sides but not at the rear.
    • The marked zone is 134cm wide.
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is step free access from this car park.
    • Buildings are not clearly signposted from this car park.
    • There is not a campus map available within the car park.
    • The nearest designated bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Hartlepool Sixth Form entrance.

Approach (Hartlepool Sixth Form Entrance)

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is tarmac and concrete tiles.
    • The approach surface is uneven in places.
    • There is a/are fixed bollard(s) on the approach.
    • The bollard(s) does/do not have a good colour contrast to prevent them being hazardous to visually impaired people.
    • There is step-free access on the approach.

Outside Access (Hartlepool Sixth Form Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • This entrance gives access to the ground floor.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 167cm.

Other Floors (Admin Block)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located in the admin block, along the first corridor off the right-hand corridor as you enter the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 37m from the Hartlepool Sixth Form entrance.
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not available from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are not easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift (Admin Block)

  • The lift is located in the admin block, along the first corridor off the right-hand corridor as you enter.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the Hartlepool Sixth Form entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is fair.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is poor.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 108cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The internal controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Entrance (Hartlepool Sixth Form Main Building First Floor Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor of the Hartlepool Sixth Form main building.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the key card reader is 110cm.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 154cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is a keycard reader on each side of the doors, both at the same height.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located ahead and on the right as you exit the admin block lift.
    • The reception point is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the admin block lift.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is 121cm .
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • Clipboards can be provided to anyone who is unable to use the desk.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • There is no wayfinding signage available at/close to the reception.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is carpet.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.

Counter (Main Library Desk)

  • Counter View
    • The counter is located at the centre of the Library.
    • The counter is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the Admin Block Lift.
    • Clear signage for the counter is not visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the counter.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the counter.
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the counter which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the counter are moderate to good.
    • The height of the counter is high (110cm+).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The height of the lowered section at the counter is 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • Clipboards can be provided to anyone who is unable to use the counter.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
    • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 28/03/2022.
    • The hearing loop was not working at the time of testing.
    • There is no wayfinding signage available at/close to the reception.
    • The type of flooring in this area is carpet.
  • Waiting Area View
    • There is not a waiting area close to the counter.

Library

  • Library Circulation View
    • There is step-free access within the library.
    • The type of flooring in the library is carpet.
    • There is some flooring in corridors/walkways which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There are no potential trip hazards within the room.
  • Self Service Machines View
    • There is not a/are no self service book borrow/return machine(s) available.
  • Library Services View
    • There are reading/study desks available.
    • The majority of the reading/study desk(s) are 66cm in height.
    • There are no height adjustable desks available.
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • Auxiliary aids are not available.
    • The library does not have computers with accessible software.
    • A member of staff is available to provide assistance.
  • Comments View
    • The library does not have auxiliary aids or accessible software to hand, however, any student with any specialist needs can speak to Learning Services, located next to the Library and they can in most cases arrange for supply of items.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located along the front left corridor of the centre as you exit the admin block lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the admin block lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is Braille, tactile, written text and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 206cm x 160cm.
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 141cm.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 122cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 doors to enter the accessible toilet.
    • The door from the corridor opens inwards, is heavy, and has a clear width of 90cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female toilet is located along the front left corridor as you exit the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m from the lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is fair.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • There are no male standard toilets in this area.
      The nearest male standard toilets are located on the first floor of the Hartlepool Sixth Form main building, along the front right corridor of the building.