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Our School

The Site

Our school shares a large site with Colman Junior School and Clare Special School.  All three schools have strong links, with children and staff visiting each other's school regularly.

Activities include:

  • Sharing visiting performers
  • Staff discussions about programmes of work to ensure continuity between schools
  • Sessions when Clare School children work alongside our children
  • Occasions when some of our children visit Clare School
  • Sharing resources eg: swimming pool, specialised equipment,  wildlife garden.

There is a joint Infant and Junior Schools Parent Teacher Association.

Transfer

At 7 years old many of our children transfer to Colman Junior School. We liaise closely to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. However, if you live outside the school's designated area you will be offered a place for your child at the Junior School which serves your area.

 

You are able, of course, to register your child at any Junior school as long as that school has space for your child and you are prepared to provide transport to that school.

Organisation                          

There are 6 un-streamed classes of children in the school and a Unit for Deaf children.  The Unit provides education for deaf children throughout Norfolk.

There are 3 year groups which are numbered in accordance with the National Curriculum

 

Reception Children who will be 5 years old during the year
Year 1 Children who will be 6 years old during the year
Year 2  Children who will be 7 years old during the year

 

The school year runs from 1st September until 31st August

Specialist support for Deaf Children

The School has a specialist support base for deaf children ranging from severe to profoundly deaf.  This support base is also able to provide support for partially deaf children.

 

British Sign Language and sign supporting English are used to encourage communication skills and give access to the National Curriculum.  Signed English is used specifically to teach reading and writing skills.  Speech and lip-reading skills are taught as an integral part of the daily curriculum.

 

The whole school participates in signed greetings and songs, which are used in assemblies and school gatherings.  There are optional weekly signing classes for hearing children, to help them to communicate with the children from the unit.

 

Our aim is to give deaf children access to the hearing world and also to help them to acquire a deaf identity, proud of their language and culture.