The building consists of a Victorian frontage with the former main hall and adjoining classroom, both comfortable large rooms. On the rear the school was demolished and a 1960s breeze block built extension added in which the bunk bed dormitories are located.
The Car Park is laid to tarmac and is basically level with a gentle slope away from the building, vehicles can park adjacent to the main doors. It is a short walk beside the building to the level wheelchair access through the wide double patio doors in the Salthrop Dining Room.
The main entrance has two steps (4 inches/10cm high each) into the front lobby and Office with a further five inch/13cm step into the main Elcombe meeting room. Level access into The Elcombe Room is through a 35 inch/89cm wide door from the adjoining Salthrop Room.
Whichever entrance you use, staff are happy to assist with equipment, bags or your individual access needs where practical.
The Burderop Games/Meeting Room is accessed from The Elcombe Room via another 36 inch/91cm wide door.
On the garden side of The Salthrop Room a 28 inch/71cm wide door gives access to The Hodson Lounge (otherwise known as Leader’s Lounge). A comfortable quiet room, it is the former Head Teacher’s study. This room is fitted with curtains for privacy as some groups bring their own portable hoist and use it as changing room for wheelchair bound participants.
On the remaining wall a 31 inch/79cm wide door gives access to the kitchen, toilet area and dormitories.
The building has a fully compliant accessible toilet which has worked fine for children in wheelchairs. We have a portable ramp which can be placed on the steps down to the dormitory area beyond the toilet to allow wheelchair access to the sleeping area.
The accessible toilet is currently installed off a corridor with a narrow 75cm wide entrance to the corridor; making it just possible for an adult wheelchair to pass.
The grounds are laid to grass, with a level patio sitting area accessible to all. We are in the countryside and the grass areas are uneven with rabbits often digging burrows in them.
We have two first floor areas, both accessed by stairs (sorry no lifts). These are the Uffcott Conference/Meeting Room and the separate Marlborough Suite which contains three bedrooms, its own lounge and kitchen.
The Fire Alarm throughout the premises is an audio system only but assistance dogs are always welcome.
All areas are well lit with ceiling mounted lights using mainly low energy bulbs. Walls are painted to heighten contrast as an aid to the visually challenged. External security lighting is on all around the building during the hours of darkness.
Lastly, we have a large single bedroom with a fully compliant wet room en-suite. Which has access for a normal adult wheelchair.
Last updated: October 2019