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Assessment Process

Students usually come to the Deaf Academy for an Assessment after a Visit and have decided they want to be a student at the Academy.

We will invite you and your child to come to the Academy (usually for 1 or 2 days) to be assessed by our specialist staff. Assessment visits are held mid-week, usually from Wednesday mid-morning to Thursday lunchtime. 

If you would like your child to be a residential student, our Care Staff will also need to assess them whilst they join in the evening activities and sleep overnight in the care accommodation. Visiting students enjoy this experience as they meet new friends and find out what life at the Academy is like both in the daytime and in the evenings.

Assessment visits are held mid-week; usually from Wednesday lunchtime – Thursday lunchtime.

When you arrive for your child’s Assessment Visit, you will meet a key member of staff, who will take your child to class; they will spend the afternoon learning alongside Deaf Academy students of a similar age. During the Assessment Visit they will have more time with their new Academy friends in lessons and they will meet different Academy staff who will assess how much support they will need if they join us as an Academy student. The assessment team includes the following staff:

    • Teacher of the Deaf
    • Educational Audiologist
    • Speech & Language Therapists with our BSL Tutors
    • Physiotherapist
    • Occupational Therapist