Accessibility and Equality Plan


The Link School is committed to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices providing an environment in which there is equality of opportunity for members of its community.  The Link School recognises its role in creating a climate which supports equality, diversity and opportunity and is opposed to any form of discrimination, bullying or harassment.

The Link School aims to have a whole school approach to disability.  It is the responsibility of every member of staff to reduce barriers to learning for disabled learners.  It is committed to providing a friendly, safe environment in which learners can learn in a secure atmosphere. Learners are actively encouraged to respect themselves and their abilities, as well as the needs and abilities of others and their learning environment, in order to promote self-esteem and high attainment. 


The Equality Act 2010 provides a single consolidated source of discrimination law thereby replacing all existing equality legislation with regard to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA).  The effect of this law is the same as it has been in the past for disabled learners meaning that as a school we cannot unlawfully discriminate against learners because of their disability.

The Link School caters for learners with additional educational needs and focuses its resources to ensure equality of access for all, regardless of disability. The Link School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all learners, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. In July 2015, the school became an IQM Centre of Excellence for Inclusion.

The Accessibility plan is structured to complement and support the school’s equality objectives.

To read the full Accessibility and Equality Action Plan 2018 – 2021 please click on the PDF link below:

   Accessibility and Equality Action Plan  – PDF


To download our full Inclusion Quality Mark report please click on the PDF link below:

   Inclusion Quality Mark  – PDF




Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777