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  • Mary Hare School
    Arlington Manor
    Snelsmore Common
    RG14 3BQ
  • Head: Mr Peter Gale
  • T 01635 244200
  • F 01635 248019
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 5 to 19 with hearing impairment
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Berkshire
  • Pupils: 244
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day £29,418; Boarding £34,068 pa State funded
  • Open days: May and at any other time by appointment
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 30th June 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 8th October 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: Mary Hare Primary School

What says..

Language learning is key and is oral/auditory rather than signed, to give the children a chance to succeed academically and so compete with the hearing population in the wider world. One parent called deafness ‘a hidden disability… people think they are stupid’. Not here…

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Since July 2014, Mr Peter Gale. Peter went to St Bartholomew's School in Newbury and saw it change from boy’s grammar school to mixed comprehensive. He studied French and German at Goldsmiths College with a year in Vienna as an English assistant and then gained his PGCE at Exeter University. After three years in his first post in Bexleyheath, Peter returned to St Bart’s as a teacher and became a deputy house head.

In January 1996, he joined Mary Hare School as head of sixth form. After qualifying as a teacher of deaf children, he joined the senior management team and went on to become vice principal in 2010. During this time, he took part in a European project on establishing a skill-base for teachers of deaf pupils across Europe.

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Special Education Needs

Mary Hare is a special non-maintained school specialising in the education of severely and profoundly hearing-impaired young people aged 5-19. Both primary and secondary schools use an auditory/oral approach to communication believing that this is the best method of achieving proficiency in the comprehension and use of spoken and written English. Great reliance is placed on using to the full, the small amounts of remaining hearing that each student possesses, through the best available amplification systems, used in appropriate acoustic environments. Only this approach - the continuing development of listening and lip-reading skills and a teaching/learning medium of verbal language - gives that degree of access to the modern curriculum needed to realise the potential that most of our students possess; only this approach provides students such as ours with the educational, vocational and social opportunities not only to develop their talents to the full, but to contribute significantly and positively to the society in which they will choose to spend their adult life. Although primarily specialising in hearing impairment the school does have experience of other special needs in students that are not only hearing impaired. This includes students with visual impairment and physical disabilities and some mildly on the autistic spectrum.

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
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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