Aims and Values

Our vision is to provide a high quality education for our children through a bilingual learning environment. We have high expectations of our children’s social, emotional and academic development. We believe that effective communication, praise, celebration of success and quality teaching and learning will enable each child to reach their full potential.

Our Aims

In order to provide a bilingual learning environment, we:

  • Maximise our children’s social, emotional and cognitive development through the use of British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Expect our children to achieve fluency in BSL and literacy, and age appropriate levels of attainment across the whole curriculum
  • Develop high levels of self-esteem and confidence in our children so they view themselves as successful, independent learners
  • Develop the children’s positive Deaf identity which prepares them for secondary education and adulthood
  • Work closely with parents, carers and supporting professionals.

Our Values

In providing education for our children through a bilingual approach, we:

  • Value the importance of our children developing a positive Deaf identity
  • Recognise the status, role and contribution of BSL and Deaf people in the education of our children
  • Respect all members of the school community and value everyone equally
  • Promote justice, fairness and equality in all areas of school life
  • Provide Deaf Studies, in addition to following the National Curriculum
  • Value the importance of BSL and English equally
  • Have high expectations of our children’s achievements
  • Recognise that the development of spoken English potential is appropriate for our deaf children.

History of Frank Barnes

Frank Barnes – The Man

Born in Manchester in 1866, Frank Barnes gained his teacher’s certificate with honours aged 20.

He became interested in Deaf education when he met a football team from the Institution for the Deaf at Old Trafford. He went on to become a qualified teacher of the Deaf as well as assistant master at the Institution of the Deaf and then headmaster at a Deaf day school in Oldham.

From 1895 onwards, Frank Barnes became involved in a range of education organisations including:

  • Headmasters of Institutions and other workers for the education of the Deaf and Dumb
  • National Union of Teachers
  • National Association of Teachers of the Deaf
  • Royal Association in Aid of the Deaf and Dumb
  • London Missioners for the Deaf
  • National Institute for the Deaf

In 1900, he was made head teacher of Homerton School for the Deaf in London.

In 1927, he retired from teaching and both he and his wife travelled the world lecturing and giving advice. He retired to Worthing and died in 1932 aged 66 years.

Frank Barnes was well known to all who worked with Deaf people in Britain and overseas. An obituary in ‘Teacher of the Deaf’ said: ‘There was only one Barnes. Such a combination of sound commonsense, self-sacrifice, bright and cheery optimism and faith in the ultimate triumph of this thought and work, rarely exist in one individual.”

Frank Barnes – The School

In 1951, Old Street School for Deaf Children changed its name to Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children in memory of Frank Barnes and his renowned work in Deaf education.

In 1978, Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children moved to Swiss Cottage. In 2010, Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children moved into an interim site at Jubilee Waterside Centre, Camley Street, King’s Cross.

In 2015, Frank Barnes moved to a brand new development at King’s Cross and co-located with King’s Cross Academy, a new mainstream primary school. For more information, please see the Frank Barnes @ King’s Cross Development page.

Information courtesy of Woodford DE, A Short Account of the History of a London School for the Deaf: Homerton, BDHS, 1998.


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