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Assessment Process

Students usually come to the Deaf Academy for an Assessment Visit after they have been to an Open Day 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:


Assessment Visits are useful because your child can experience life at the Academy and decide if they would like to be a student here in the future. Also we get to know your child better; we can find out more about what support they will need if they study here.

On the Thursday afternoon we have a short meeting with parents/carers, which your child can join. At this meeting Kaye Stevenson, the Deaf Academy’s Therapeutic Services Manager and SENCO gives feedback about your visit and will explain what happens next.

After your visit, Academy staff will write their Assessment Reports and send them to you as the parent/carer with recommendations about the support your child needs. If we feel this is an appropriate place for your child to study we will write a letter, which offers you a place here. If you would like your child to become an Academy student, we will give you help and advice on the next steps. For example, you may want us to send the Assessment Reports and offer letter to your Local Authority. In addition we can give you the contact details of independent organisations that can offer you support to gain a placement at the school/college of your choice.