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  • Mary Hare Primary School
    Mill Hall
    Pigeons Farm Road
    RG19 8XA
  • Head: Pam Robinson
  • T 01635 573800
  • F 01635 524999
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 12 with hearing impairment
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Berkshire
  • Pupils: 35
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: State funded
  • Open days: Visits can be arranged at any time, on request
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Mary Hare School

What says..

We saw children working in pairs on Egyptian drawings, older ones enjoyed a role playing game of ‘mucky Mabel’ – a social skills character. All were chatty and confidently developing their voices, ‘they help me (here) so much by teaching...

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What the school says...

Mary Hare Primary is a non-maintained special school for day and weekly boarders, following a natural aural philosophy, catering for children with a severe or profound hearing loss. We teach the full National Curriculum and aim to produce talking deaf children who are prepared for life in the hearing world.

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We saw children working in pairs on Egyptian drawings, older ones enjoyed a role playing game of ‘mucky Mabel’ – a social skills character. All were chatty and confidently developing their voices, ‘they help me (here) so much by teaching me how to speak’. Several bemoaned their...

Head Teacher

Since September 2014, Pam Robinson


Takes severely and profoundly deaf children with statements, following assessment, from Norfolk to Cornwall. From age 4, but many join later eg after trial placement in mainstream schools does not work out. Roughly half have to go to appeal to get a place and head is experienced at supporting the process. All children wear hearing aids or have cochlear implants. Hearing impairment is usually the primary difficulty but some have additional needs – visual, physical and speech and language.

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Special Education Needs

Mary Hare Primary caters for children with a severe or profound hearing loss. As a non-maintained school, pupils are funded by the local authority that they live in. We teach children through talking using a natural aural approach, which means we make maximum use of their residual hearing. We are not selective on academic ability. We take children who we feel are capable of developing spoken language to communicate successfully in the hearing world. Some children have language difficulties on arrival, others have significant emotional difficulties owing to their experience of failure in mainstream settings. We find this out by inviting the prospective pupil for a week's assessment placement. Deafness is our speciality, but we also welcome children with mild additional SEN needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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