The Specialist Centre for Hearing Impairment
We are very proud of The Specialist Centre for Hearing Impairment here at Auriol. We currently have 10 children within the Centre and these children have a range of hearing loss and needs.
Our aim is that all the hearing-impaired children are fully included in both the academic and social life of the school. The children have equal access to a broad mainstream curriculum and learn alongside their peers with in-class support or small/individual group sessions, depending upon their individual needs.
In order to achieve the optimum listening environment, all of our classrooms are acoustically treated to minimise reverberation and resonance (including carpets, blinds, low ceiling tiles) and are fitted with Sound field Systems (surround sound amplification). In addition to this, all the children wear radio aid systems in order to improve their access to the input and minimise background noise.
Our pupils are fully included into school life. They are supported in class by an experienced team of LSAs in order to facilitate access to the curriculum. Qualified Teachers of the Deaf also support the children, either in class or delivering 1:1 and small group teaching within the Specialist Centre. We work closely with the on-site specialist Speech & Language Therapists, and receive regular support from an Educational Audiologist and an Audiology Technician.
The Teachers of the Deaf ensure that all staff at Auriol are trained in deaf friendly teaching strategies and that all members of the school community have up to date deaf awareness training to ensure the full inclusion of the deaf children. Both our feeder infant school, The Mead, and Epsom and Ewell High School, also have Specialist Centres for Hearing Impaired pupils. Close liaison and collaboration with these schools enables our children to follow the pathway with smooth transitions between phases.