The Hearing Support Facility

The Hearing Support Facility

Welcome to the 'HSF'

A key feature of the school is it’s Hearing Support Facility, a highly successful provision for deaf children. Willingdon Community is one of only two secondary schools within East Sussex that have this provision. The Facility is part of the ISEND Sensory Needs Service.

The Hearing Support Facility is an integral part of the school and the children and young people supported here are included in all aspects of school life. The Facility offers specialist support to children and young people with a severe to profound hearing loss. Each student is firstly a member of their mainstream class and spend some time in the facility for specific individual and group intervention. The percentage of time a student spends in each situation will vary, depending on the strengths and needs of the individual, but the aim is to equip pupils with the skills to learn alongside their peers in the mainstream classroom. The additional support the children receive in The Facility may be Speech and Language Therapy, Literacy, Numeracy, PSHE or support in other areas of the curriculum.   

The Facility uses a Total Communication approach. That is to say, a variety of communication methods are used appropriate to the individual child. This encompasses oralism, lip reading, Signed English, Sign Supported English (SSE) and British Sign Language (BSL). The choice of method again depends on the context and the needs of the individual. The acceptance of deaf pupils using sign communication in mainstream schools involves the development of a positive culture in which sign language is valued and welcomed.