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Therapies and Learning Support

The Therapy Team is led by Susan Spiers (Therapies & Partners Co-ordinator), who oversees therapy provision provided by the in-house team, as well as external professionals.

The Therapy Team provides support for students across the academy who, alongside their hearing impairment, also have a wide range of physical difficulties from mild to very complex.

The experienced therapy team consists of:


The team is also liaises with Tracey Crabb (School Nurse) so that medical considerations are taken in to account when planning therapy programmes for our students.

The Therapy team work using a person centred approach, which puts the young people and their families at the centre of everything that they do. The overarching aim is to support our students to become as independent as they can be. This involves working in partnership with the students, their families, colleagues at the academy as well as external professionals in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for our students.

Students are assessed by one or more professionals to identify their therapy needs and to determine the outcome to be worked towards. A programme will be written which may involve the therapist working individually or as part of a small group with other students with similar needs. The aim of therapy intervention is to empower and skill those closest to the child or young person to provide the best possible care and support for their individual needs. Programmes are regularly monitored and updated as required.


Students also have access to Lynda Quick (Counsellor & Psychotherapist) who is in school on Wednesday and Thursday to support students with their mental health and psychological wellbeing.


Students are supported in their studies by Learning Leaders, and LCSWs (Learning Communication Support Workers).