Deaf/Hearing Impaired Additionally Resourced Provision

We have a regional provision for students who are Deaf/Hearing Impaired (DHI). DHI students are supported in mainstream classes with the use of audiology equipment, resources, in class support and pre and post-lesson tutorial sessions, according to need.

Students who communicate using BSL receive in class communication support from our DHI team who hold BSL qualifications from Level 2 – Level 4. We have a BSL tutor who teaches BSL Level 1 and 2 to both staff and students. We have a number of Deaf role models on our staff team.

Our Teacher of the Deaf provides specialist assessment, English intervention and support for our DHI students.

We have a strong Deaf community within school and encourage students with DHI to come together during social time, in a supported space inside school which is designated for DHI students or, outside in the communal playground.

Deaf Awareness training is provided for all staff working at The King’s Academy and has become a familiar way of working for our teaching staff. Advice is readily available from the DHI team at all times.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection report states:

“Pupils who access the deaf or hearing impaired provision continue to achieve well. Appropriate adaptations are made where needed and pupils are included in all aspects of school life. Well deployed adults ensure that pupils are stretched, challenged and supported to progress well in their learning”  (Ofsted, January 2017)

Contact
Sensory Support Coordinator (DHI and VI ARPs), Mrs Julie McDonald
Teacher of the Deaf (in training), Mrs Stephanie Atkin

DHI Team
Mrs Janet Brown (HLTA, Level 4 Signer)
Mr Fehzan Ali
Mrs Wendy Boyes (Level 2/3 Signer)
Mrs Maureen Branagan
Mrs Karen Campbell
Mrs Kerry Collins
Mrs Jacqueline Diamond
Mrs Susan Eastwood (BSL tutor)
Mrs Emily Lynch
Mr Kelvin Meredith-Smith
Miss Alysson Scott
Mrs Paula Townsend
Miss Joanne Vaughan
Mrs Tracy Young

Agency staff occupy 3 vacant positions