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  • Mary Hare Primary School
    Mill Hall
    Pigeons Farm Road
    Thatcham
    Newbury
    RG19 8XA
  • Head: Rob Rattray
  • T 01635 573800
  • F 01635 524999
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.maryhare.org.uk/
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 12 with hearing impairment
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Berkshire
  • Pupils: 28
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Visits can be arranged at any time, on request
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

We found year 4s waving huge watering cans over the potatoes, in anticipation of the school's biggest vegetable contest. Sporting activities include football, basketball, tag rugby and athletics on a field left behind by the previous occupants, the American officers of nearby Greenham Common. The children are encouraged to use their voices in all situations, although ‘talk and sign’ is also acceptable ...

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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 oral/aural philosophy, catering for children with a range of hearing loss. We teach the full National Curriculum and aim to develop confident, talking deaf children who are prepared for life in the hearing world.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2018, Rob Rattray BSc Hons from University of Central Lancashire (early 40s). Started on a career as a medic before taking up a post as a teaching assistant, which persuaded him to train as a science teacher at the Institute of Education. His first job was in a challenging secondary school in Staffordshire where he met a sage old head and a classful of lippy students; the head told him if he could develop the skills to teach them, keeping his cool in face of their daily expletives, he could work anywhere. He is ever grateful for the advice, ‘I still look back and ask, what would he do?’ Since then trained as teacher of the deaf whilst working at Wilnecote School, Tamworth, before joining Birmingham education authority outreach team. ‘In outreach...

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Special Education Needs

Mary Hare Primary caters for children with a range of hearing impairment. All pupils have hearing aids or cochlear implants. As a non-maintained school, pupils are funded by the local authority that they live in. We teach children through talking using a natural oral/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 who have SEN needs in addition to their hearing impairment.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
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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