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New site for academy agreed for Royal Academy for Deaf Education in Devon

Posted Sep 09 2011 11:38am

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The new academy will be built on a 4 acre site and will aim to be inspiring surroundings for deaf students.

Although the 4 acre site in Exeter was the former home of St Luke’s secondary school, new buildings will be built so the new academy will be able to take 180 students, with residential accommodation for 120.

The plans for the new building will be drawn up by London architects de Rijke Marsh Morgan, with the planning application which should be submitted early next year. The academy’s chief executive, Mr Farnhill, hopes that it will be ready to open in September 2014.

Funding has been made available by Futurebuilders, a government-funded agency which helps charities to develop and expand their services.

As well as being a regular academy, family courses will run outside of term-time, for children who have recently been diagnosed as deaf. The families will also use the accommodation for the duration of the course.

Mr Farnhill talked of frustration coming from the parents of deaf children, about the lack of a conjoined support network from health, education and social care.

With this in mind, audiology services for hearing impaired people will be provided on site by Chime social enterprise for NHS Devon. With this in mind, it is expected that health, education and social care improvements in working more effectively together, spotting gaps in the provision for deaf children quicker and developing new services better can be made.

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