Accessibility and Equality
At the St Edmund's College Summer School our children's safety, well-being and positive experiences are our number one priority - we have established the following policies to support these prioritisations:
- We cannot accept children or staff who are in a wheelchair, or who are not able to walk unaided. While the school during term-time is wheelchair accessible, the boarding areas of the College are not. In the event of a fire or another event requiring evacuation, wheelchair users would not be safe.
- We have separate quotas for boys' and girls' admissions. Boys and girls are accommodated in separate boarding corridors. For this reason, we may state in our correspondence that we have 'room for [x] boys and room for [x] girls'.
- We cannot accept children who have a serious physical/mental disability which requires specialist care. Our staff are not specialists in such conditions, and during activities such as excursions and fire drills we would not be able to guarantee the children's safety.
- We cannot accept children who have a very low level of English (CEFR A0-A1). Our staff need to be able to communicate basic concepts such as times for registrations and instructions of when and where to meet. If children are not able to understand these instructions then we would not be able to guarantee their safety.
- We are happy to accept children with Special Educational Needs such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. However, our teachers are not trained specialists in such conditions, so we will not be able to provide specialist instruction for such children in the classroom.
- We group our children academically according to age group and we have limits to our class sizes. This is why later on in the enrollment process we may say 'We have room for children aged [x-y], but not [y-z]'.
- We have a limit to how many children speak the same first language. This is for us to be sure that the children are speaking English to each other. For this reason we may state 'We no longer have spaces for speakers of [x] language'.
- Our boarding corridors are split according to sex, and members of boarding staff may only work on corridors with children of the same sex. This is why we may say 'We are advertising a House Parent position for a male/female member of staff
(Lee Hawkes, Director, 21st July 2017)