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Mary Hare Primary is a small special school offering day and boarding placements for deaf children. Children come from all over the country. The school's philosophy is auditory oral, with the emphasis on maximising residual hearing and developing spoken language. Children are taught in small classes of no more than 8 children. All lessons are taught by teachers with experience of meeting the needs of deaf children and they work collaboratively with an excellent team of specialist speech and language therapists.

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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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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 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 Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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