Bungay High School will provide a resource base for children and young people with hearing loss from September 2020. This provision will initially support eight learners, with the plan to increase numbers over future years.
In the resource base the learners will access specialist teachers who are trained to teach children with hearing loss, whilst benefiting from being a part of the wider school community and having access to the broad, aspiration curriculum.
Suffolk County Council’s service for children with hearing loss will work closely with the school to support the learners on an individual basis.
Funding was secured as part of the £45.6 million that was pledged towards developing specialist education provision. The places have been developed as a result of ongoing co-production with Suffolk Parent Carer Network, the Waveney Deaf Children’s Society, the National Deaf Children’s Society, parents and carers.
Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Children’ Services, Education and Skills said: “I am delighted that Bungay High School will be providing these much needed places for children and young people with hearing loss. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Bungay High School to support ongoing developments with this exciting new provision. I would like to thank Bungay High School for their ongoing commitment to children and young people in Suffolk.”
Angelo Goduti, Headteacher at Bungay High School said: “This is a significant and exciting development to support young learners with hearing loss. The already excellent provision at Bungay High School can now continue to develop and grow, ensuring that students with hearing needs and their families can look forwards to a high quality educational experience.
“It is so very important that young individuals with hearing needs will be able to access this provision, underpinned by high expectations, a broad curriculum, high quality teaching, specialist support and most importantly, the equality of opportunity they deserve.”
Anne Humphrys Co-Chair of Suffolk Parent Carer Network said: “The Hearing Impaired provision at Bungay High School is another really positive development for new specialist education placements and we very much welcome our involvement in trying to ensure the needs of Suffolk’s children and young people can be met both appropriately and effectively.”
Ann Jillings from the Waveney Deaf Children’s Society said: “Our families welcome this announcement after several years of working in coproduction with Suffolk County Council. This new resource, in a school already demonstrating a positive attitude to including students with hearing loss, is excellent news for deaf children in Waveney, who now have the option of specialist provision alongside deaf friends in both primary and secondary school.”