Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many pupils are there in a class?

A. There are between 4 – 9 pupils in each class, depending on the size of the year groups.

Q. How often do pupils have access to Speech Therapy?

A. Every pupil receives an individual language and communication programme. This may include a weekly “Live English” speech and language therapy group session jointly led by the Speech and Language therapist and class teacher. Children may also receive blocks of individual, paired or small group sessions according to their needs. Language and listening programmes are planned in collaboration with school staff and parents.

Q. Do you have medical support?

A. The school has an allocated School Nurse who supports the school with arranging school medicals, provides guidance on the management of first aid and supports families of pupils with medical needs.

The school has a list of First Aiders who have are trained and qualified in administering First aid to our pupils.

Q. Do you have Audiological services available?

A. The school has a part-time Educational Audiologist who works in collaboration with the class teachers, parents and Audiology clinics to ensure that the pupil’s hearing aids are working optimally at all times. The children are encouraged to be independent in maintaining their hearing aids and they have individual hearing aid kits to carry out their daily checks.

Q. Please could we arrange a visit and can you send us a prospectus?

A. Parents and professionals are very welcome to arrange a visit to the school and obtain a copy of the prospectus. These can be arranged by contacting the school reception.

Q. I am concerned about a deaf pupil who is in a mainstream school?

A. If you have concerns regarding the progress of a deaf child in any educational setting, you are advised to raise these concerns with the school in your child’s Annual Review Meeting and with your Teacher of the Deaf. If your concerns are ongoing, it is possible to request a change of placement on your child’s statement of SEN. You are always welcome to visit Frank Barnes School to learn about our provison. Any change of placement can only be granted by a panel of specialists in your child’s local education authority.

Q. I have a child who is profoundly deaf, wears digital aids and uses sign language – would they be a candidate for your school?

A. Frank Barnes School caters for moderate/severe to profoundly deaf children, who benefit from accessing the National Curriculum through fluent British Sign Language in small specialist classes taught by qualified Teachers of the Deaf. The children are also actively encouraged to develop their fluency in written and spoken English so they are bilingual in both BSL and English. Through our teaching methods, all of our deaf pupils are able to make outstanding progress and most achieve age appropriate levels of attainment in line with their hearing peers.

Q. We would like our child to attend a school for the deaf, but our local authority’s policy is to stay in mainstream?

A. If you would like your child to attend a specialist school for the Deaf such as Frank Barnes School, you would need to contact your local Teacher of the Deaf and explain that you would like to make a request for statutory assessment for your deaf child. Your Teacher of the Deaf will explain the process to you and you can also contact your local parent partnership service for advice. If you were interested in a placement at Frank Barnes School, you would need to contact the school to arrange a visit and an assessment morning for your child in order for the school to confirm that we can meet your child’s needs and have a place available. Any decision about school placements is made through a panel of specialists in your child’s local education authority.

Q. How we use the Pupil Premium at Frank Barnes School?

In 2015/16, the Pupil Premium (PP) allocated to FBS was £9,968. It has been allocated in the following ways to support initiatives to raise attainment and achievement for all.

To raise achievement:

  • Implementation of visual phonics by hand programme, including training and photographic displays.
  • Purchase of Numicon resources to support Maths attainment across the school.
  • Strategies to reward good behaviour and work effort through reward charts, Headteacher recognition and trips.
  • Support for BSL first language learning mentor to deliver 1:1 mentoring and support programmes for vulnerable pupils.
  • BSL Classes for hearing parents and 1:1 sessions for EAL Parents for better communication support at home.
  • Parent workshops to support better communication and parenting skills

To improve participation and socialisation:

  • Subsidising of off-site curriculum activities
  • Extra-curricula activities such as School Sign Singing Choir, Brass Musical Instrument Workshop, Sports events such as the Panathlons, BOCCIA, Swimming
  • Deaf Studies curriculum focusing on Deaf Identity and History.

The impact of pupil premium will be assessed at the end of the financial year by considering the progress, attendance and participation of pupils in receipt of pupil premium comparison to the rest of the student body.

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