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 Dorms are hidden high up in the house among a warren of corridors. ‘It’s like something out of Enid Blyton,’ said one parent. Children in burgundy sweatshirts romp round a huge Holm oak, or scurry along panelled corridors hung with bright posters. Desks are arranged in a horseshoe to maximise lip-reading opportunities and everything spoken is amplified. Children plug into a group hearing aid via a custom-made interface box - like a conference call, allowing them to listen to the teacher and fellow students. Speech and language therapy a minimum of twice a week...

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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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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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