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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 parents/carers, to come to Exeter Deaf Academy (usually for 1- 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 to be a residential student, our care staff will need to assess you too whilst you join in the evening activities and sleep overnight in the care accommodation. We find our 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.

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


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

On the Thursday afternoon we hold a short meeting with your parents/carers, which you 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 your parent/carer with recommendations about the support you need. If we feel this is an appropriate place for you to study we will write a letter, which offers you a place here. If you and your family would like for you 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, which can offer you support to gain a placement at the school/college of your choice.