152MC – Deaf Schooling

There are just twenty-three schools for deaf children in the UK. In comparison to the 24,372 schools in the UK for the hearing, twenty-three is nothing. There are 45,000 deaf children living in the UK, this doesn’t match up towards the amount of schools there are that are catered for the deaf community.

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Here are the list of schools which are catered for the deaf only in the UK.

Blanche Nevile School Burlington Road, Muswell Hill, London N10 1NJ

Braidwood School Bromford Road Hodge Hill Birmingham B36 8AF

Donaldson’s Preston Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 6HZ

Doncaster School for the Deaf Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6AY

Elmfield School for Deaf Children Greystoke Avenue Westbury on Trym Bristol BS10 6AY

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education 50 Topsham Road Exeter EX2 4NF

Frank Barnes School for Deaf Jubilee Waterside Centre, 105 Camley Street, London, N1C 4PF

Hamilton School for the Deaf Anderson St, Hamilton, Lanarkshire ML3 0QL

Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children Walpole Road, Brighton, BN2 0LS

Heathlands, Specialist SEN College Heathlands Heathlands Drive St Albans AL3 5AY

Knightsfield School Knightsfield Welwyn Garden City Herts AL8 7LW

Longwill School for the Deaf Bell Hill, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 1LD

Mary Hare Arlington Manor, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ

Northern Counties School Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3BB

Oak Lodge School 101 Nightingale Lane London SW12 8NA

Penn School Church Road Penn High Wycombe Bucks HP10 8LZ

Royal Cross Primary School for the Deaf Elswick Road, Ashton on Ribble, Preston Lancashire PR2 1NT

Royal School for the Deaf Derby Ashbourne Road, Derby DE22 3BH

Seashell Trust, formerly the Royal School Manchester Seashell Trust, Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 6RQ

St John’s RC School for the Deaf Church Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby West Yorkshire, LS23 6DF

The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate Victoria Road Margate Kent CT9 1NB

Thomasson Memorial School Devonshire Road Bolton Lancs BL1 4PJ

Windsor Park School and Sensory Service Windsor Park School, Bantaskine Road, Falkirk, FK1 5HT

I’ve looked into Doncaster School For The Deaf and on their website they express many different views about the deaf community.

Pupils are admitted to our school with a range of communication needs. Our goal is to provide a pupil-centred approach based on their method of preferred communication. We aim to ensure pupils and staff are competent in British Sign Language (BSL) and English.

All pupils have access to individual speech and language therapy at least twice a week.

Speech and Language support is available to all pupils and takes into account initial assessments and pupils’ determination towards improving their oral communication. The aim is to enable the pupils to function to the best of their abilities.

Pupils are advised to use their personal hearing aids to enable them to communicate more effectively. To encourage the development of speech and language, we aim to make maximum use of each pupil’s residual hearing and natural language. This approach prepares pupils for communication with both hearing and other deaf people. It also encourages the development of reading skills. Selected apps for iPads are also used to develop speech and language.

Any assessments introduced are based upon pupil’s ability, together with any learning and emotional needs. The service provided is tailored to the different requirements of each pupil, to improve confidence when communicating with non-BSL users. Diagnostic tests are used to analyse pupils’ abilities and needs and to develop a programme of support to help maximise potential communication , improve listening and speech skills, use of expressive and receptive language and speech intelligibility.

We liaise with the audiologist, teachers as well as the other staff who are directly involved with the pupils in order to help the pupils to function to the best of their ability . Parents are welcome to arrange informal consultations with us.

Progress is discussed with pupils and colleagues and documented in Annual Review Reports with contributions to Individual Education Plans (IEPs).