Base For Children with Hearing Impairment

Sunnyside Academy is a mainstream school that provides specialist tailored provision for children who are Deaf or Hearing impaired. 

The school has a long history of providing Deaf education for pupils aged 3-11 years.   We currently have 7 qualified Teachers of the Deaf, 1 trainee Teacher of the Deaf, Specialist Teaching Assistants (including Deaf staff).  We have access to Specialist Speech and Language Therapists and an Audiologist on site and we have close working links with James Cook Audiology department and the North East Cochlear Implant Team.

We use Total Communication at Sunnyside, which means that we encourage speech, Sign Supported English, British Sign Language (BSL) and any other method that develops the child’s ability to understand and be understood. 

This wide range of expertise in one school, means that Sunnyside Communication Base is a very popular provision.  Children attend the base from Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, North Yorkshire and Tyneside.

Once children are allocated a place here, the child will be assessed over a period of time to ensure that they are provided with the best possible educational experience.  Provision varies depending upon the needs of the child and after discussion with parents and all specialists involved, this may include:

  • Full time base provision with a Teacher of the Deaf and Specialist Teaching Assistant in a small group of around 6 children.
  • Base provision with occasional mainstream provision for some of the more practical lessons (such as PE).
  • Part time base provision/Part time mainstream provision with Specialist Teaching Assistant support.
  • Full time mainstream provision with Specialist Teaching Assistant support and weekly Teacher of the Deaf time.

For more information about school policies, including our policies on special education needs disability and admissions, please look at our information pages or contact us.

If you would like to arrange a visit or have a chat about our provision, please contact Mrs Runcieman-Smeaton on 01642 596422

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