Sunnyside Academy is a larger than average sized mainstream school which draws its pupils aged 3-11 from a wide area.
The school has a base for hearing impaired and deaf children. We use a Total Communication method of developing speech and language skills. This means that speech is developed on the needs of individual children and his\her family preference. Some children may need sign language to help develop their speech.
Children are taught in Mainstream classes with support. Depending on individual needs some children are taught in small groups in the base with additional support.
The school has 7 teachers of the deaf, specialist teaching assistants and Speech and Language Therapists on site. We work closely with James Cook Audiology department and the North East Cochlear Implant team. The school also has special equipment and facilities to teach Deaf/hearing impaired children.
Our expertise means that Deaf/hearing impaired children attend the base from Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton. In the past children have attended from North Yorkshire and Newcastle.
Most children transfer to the neighbouring secondary school, The King’s Academy, at the end of Year 6.
You are welcome to come and look around our school and chat to staff and pupils.
For more information about school policies, including our policies on special educational needs, disability and admissions, please look at our information pages or contact us.