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Mary Hare School

Arlington Manor, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, RG14 3BQ, West Berkshire

01635 244200



Mary Hare School
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1946
Special Needs Deaf, Hlmp
Principal Mr Peter Gale
Co-ed Age Range 11-19
Number of pupils 220
Associations NMSSD

Mary Hare is a boarding and day school for deaf children in Newbury, Berkshire. We take children from Year 1 to Year 13 (aged 5-19) across both our Primary and Secondary sites. We offer full boarding at the secondary school but Monday to Friday boarding at the primary school with all pupils returning home at the weekend. We are the largest school for the deaf in the UK.

How do we teach?

We use the oral communication method so no use of BSL in our classes - our pupils thrive on learning to use their voice and the use of English is really important! We teach through speaking, listening and the use of technology. We use a Group Hearing Aid which enables pupils to hear the teacher as well as each other.

We have small class sizes (maximum of 10) and desks are set up in a horseshoe shape enabling all pupils to lip read.

English is the language of the national curriculum and of the outside world. We want our students to have good language skills, helping them to achieve better grades. We believe this will give them more choice as they move into their future. We have high expectations of our pupils and, with our expert knowledge on deafness, we achieve great things with them. Most importantly, our pupils have fun in and outside the classroom.

How do you apply?

We welcome individual visits throughout the year by appointment. We also run regular open days at both the primary and secondary schools.

We assess every pupil to determine whether we can meet their needs and that we have a suitable learning and friendship peer group for them. Assessments range from one to four days.

What curriculum do we offer?

We offer the full national curriculum including GCSEs, BTECs and vocational courses.

All pupils study all subjects to the end of Year 9 after which they choose their options.

We have a large speech and language team, an onsite audiology department and all our teachers are trained teachers of the deaf (or in training), as well as subject specialists.