The residential service operates weekdays only, as all children and young people go home at weekends. The residential accommodation is provided across three residential facilities that are purpose built blocks. The school is a signing and speaking community where the languages and cultures of deaf and hearing people are valued.
Residences offer a rich cultural environment where both BSL and English are valued. Pupils are encouraged to participate in deaf and hearing community activities leading towards their independence.
There are high levels of educational support provided within and outside of school. There is a strong focus on homework. Residential staff communicate daily with teaching staff. All staff support young people with their progression. This promotes improved educational outcomes.
Young people have participated in a school exchange with a German school for deaf children ,a trip to Paris and a week-long festival for the deaf. These cultural experiences expand their experiences and horizons. Weekly activities include youth club, fairs, shopping, sports and themed evenings.
Staff have high aspirations for the young people in their care. The whole-school approach means that the residential and education team share a clear focus on young people’s individual needs and targets. This results in sustained improvement being seen in the lives of young people who have communication needs.
‘Independence is exceptional and worthy of wider dissemination. Staff have pushed their own boundaries to trust young people. Young people have been supported to take well-assessed and well-planned risks. This in turn leads to a vast improvement in young people’s confidence and prepares them well for their futures.’ (Ofsted Oct 2019)
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