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Primary School

When we ask parents why they wanted their child to come to the Primary school, most of them say it was watching the transformation in their child when they initially visited the Academy.

Our Primary school is a place where Deaf children are included, where they can join in, where they are not seen as different but normal and develop a sense of belonging.This website will tell you some of the reasons why the Academy is an excellent environment for Deaf students, but the best thing is if you visit and see for yourself.

To arrange a visit, please visit contact our Admissions Administrator here.

The focus of our Primary school is on language development. We focus on the language development abilities of each child and create a programme specifically for that child. This may involve BSL teaching, Cued Speech or other language programmes. All Primary school students will receive direct support from one of our Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Audiologist. The Primary areas are equipped with Sound Field systems and some children benefit from other listening aids.

Increasingly we have children on split-placements who spend some of the week at their local school and some time at the Deaf Academy.

We follow the national curriculum and also, in order to accommodate the wide range of ability within our students, we group students according to ability rather than age for some subjects. Our education principles explain the underlying principles to our education across the Academy.

Our staff include experienced and qualified Teachers of the Deaf as well as Teaching Assistants with high levels of signing skills and qualifications such as multi-sensory training.

Residential pupils stay for up to four nights a week. In order to allow for travelling time, the school week starts at 9.45am on a Monday and finishes at 2.30pm on a Friday. The Academy’s standard school day runs from 8.45am – 3.30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

There are regular trips and visits to enable the students to discover the fantastic activities and places nearby in Exeter and the South West.

Students come predominantly from Exeter or the local area, although some students travel from as far away as Somerset and Hampshire.

If you would like to contact our Head of Primary, please feel free to send her an email on