Welcome to Whitehall Primary School
Special Resource Provision for Deaf and Hearing Impaired pupils
We have a team of highly qualified and experienced staff who support our deaf pupils throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6.
Our current staffing structure in the Resource Provision is:
Whitehall Primary School is a two form entry mainstream primary school with approx 460 pupils which includes a Resource Provision for deaf and hearing impaired pupils. The school has a Service Level agreement with the Local Authority who commission 22 Places from Years 1 – 6 and up to 6 places in the Whitehall Nursery. The places commissioned for deaf pupils are over Pupil Admission Number (PAN) resulting in there being up to 63 pupils in each year group. All our pupils have an Educational, Health Care Plan with a severe to profound hearing loss as their main disability.
Students supported by the Resource Provision have daily, small group or 1:1 teaching in our acoustically treated, soundproof classrooms with their allocated Teacher of the Deaf.
A year 5 pupil working with Mrs Granath, Teacher of the Deaf, in the Resource Provision where the staff aim to create a nurturing, friendly environment. The deaf pupils know they have a quiet, safe space where they can come whenever they need help or support.
Year 6 pupils studying in the Resource Provision with Mrs Gymer. Teachers of the Deaf work closely with class teachers, speech and language therapists and audiology to ensure the best support is given in order for our pupils to flourish and make progress.
Year 2 pupils enjoy working in the Resource Provision with Mrs Ayrton, Teacher of the Deaf. All pupils supported by the Resource Provision have specialist support on a daily basis. These lessons, with a qualified Teacher of the Deaf deliver a more individual teaching environment where pupils can work on specific language , speech and literacy targets.
Paula Mattison is our BSL communicator and Deaf Role Model. Paula delivers Deaf Awareness classes to Years 1 – 6 on a weekly basis. Paula also delivers BSL classes to members of staff and parents of pupils in the Resource Provision.
Whitehall Primary School has a resident Audiology Technician, Bernice Ansa who gained her qualification at Mary Hare and receives ongoing support and training from the Ewing Foundation. Pupils have their cochlear implants and hearing aids checked every morning. Mrs Ansa also encourages our pupils to become independent users of their technology
At Whitehall we use a flexible approach to communication which meets the needs of each individual pupil. We have a team of experienced Hearing Support Assistants who use a range of strategies in the classroom to support learning, such as speech, Signed Supported English, BSL, visual resources and Ipads to aid understanding.
All of our students from Nursery to Year 6 have Speech and Language Therapy on a weekly basis. The school commissions Speech and Language Therapy from a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, Debbie Edwards, who has had experience of working with our deaf pupils for the past 6 years.