The Pirate Ship is our dedicated department for pupils with a severe to profound hearing loss. We are a Total Communication Department, which entails the use of British Sign Language, Sign Supported English, and voice; reinforced through visual resources, body language and facial expression to secure each pupil's learning. This approach is tailored to the individual needs of each child. Our aim is to ensure every child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
Pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum which is highly differentiated for both Maths and Literacy; this is delivered through personalised planning, tailored to their individual needs. Pupils receive one to one support from an experienced teaching assistant who is trained in British Sign Language and who also supports their inclusion in mainstream classes. Where appropriate, radio aid systems are used to maximise residual hearing in a wide range of situations. All classrooms and halls are fitted with Soundfield systems to optimise listening conditions for both the deaf pupil and their hearing peers.
The Pirate Ship consists of two ideal working environments, which are specifically adapted for our hearing impaired Pirates. They have their own ICT facilities and daily use of an interactive white board to reinforce their learning. Both rooms contain visual, tactile displays to underpin learning, knowledge and understanding.
The Key Stage One room is designed with the younger pirate in mind, with a large colourful pirate ship to play in, their own book corner and a sensory area. The Key Stage Two room provides a bright, modern learning environment that has a calm atmosphere which encourages and nurtures learning.