Hearing Support Centre

An important part of our school is our Hearing Support Centre (HSC). This is an enhanced provision, St. Margaret's Academy being the designated primary school in Torbay for pupils with hearing impairment. We cater for children with moderate to profound hearing loss.

Children who attend the HSC are supported by a qualified and experienced specialist team comprising of a Teacher of the Deaf and three Specialist Teaching Assistants who are all qualified in deaf education. 

The children are fully included in all aspects of school life, this is whole school approach. All mainstream staff have experience of working with children who have hearing impairment. The children benefit from being with other hearing impaired children whilst working and playing alongside their hearing peers. 

We assess each child's needs due to their hearing loss and devise an individual programme to develop their receptive and expressive language. We provide the communication method appropriate to their needs, which is either spoken language, sign language or a combination of both. The support we provide helps them to access the curriculum and become independent learners. As experienced and qualified practitioners we are able to support the children academically, socially and emotionally. 

Each child is provided with a radio aid system. All classrooms are fitted with a soundfield system, which links to their radio aid to give them the best possible opportunity to hear in the classroom.

We work closely with outside agencies e.g. speech and language therapy, audiology technician and any other relevant professions.

The children also attend the Hearing Support Centre for 1:1 and small group sessions.

As a centre attached to a mainstream school, our aim is to give our children the best opportunity and support to enable them to be confident learners, achieving success alongside their friends.
Our recent inspection highlighted that "Pupils with hearing impairment make good progress. They are happy and settled in school." (Ofsted, September 2017)
Visits to the Hearing Support Centre at St. Margaret’s Academy are encouraged and welcomed.

For further information please contact the school office.
Telephone: 01803 313641