Deaf Support Base

Welcome to the Petchey Deaf Support Base (DSB)

At the DSB, all deaf and partially hearing students have equal opportunity to learn, to socialise, to thrive and influence not only their learning environment, but also the world around them.  The Resource Base caters for students with an EHCP (or deaf students without an EHCP) who wish to attend and access the benefits of The Petchey Academy. The DSB is part of the Inclusion team and together we work to remove the barriers to learning.

Communication Policy

Jeanette Alexis Teacher of the Deaf

We are an auditory oral provision with a focus on developing spoken and written English, vocabulary and grammar.  This is achieved through full access to mainstream classes, two qualified teachers of the deaf (TOD), specialist TAs and intervenors and targeted speech and language therapy to meet the individual needs of each student. As required, the TOD will provide pre and post teaching for mainstream subjects and English language development.


We aim to:

  • Ensure that each student makes the best use of residual hearing through the use of personal hearing aids, cochlear implants, BAHAs and radio aids

  • Develop independence in the use and maintenance of equipment

  • Develop students who are able to make their needs known

  • Ensure a rich language environment

  • Provide the best possible acoustic environment for continuing to develop listening skills and language development. Some rooms are fitted with soundfield systems.


Each morning before school, students come to the SEN base to check that personal equipment is working properly and pick up radio aids.  

KS 3 students use a Roger Touch transmitter

KS 4 have the option of a Roger Pen

We maintain a small amount of spare equipment for minor repairs and are fortunate to have the Hackney Ark on our doorstep. Hackney and Students are responsible for handing appropriate equipment to classroom teachers. 


Students are fully integrated into the life of The Petchey Academy, being part of a seminar group and attending mainstream classes.  Students are withdrawn for pre and post-teaching of vocabulary and to access specialist language teaching.

Parents and students have access to all the provisions special to The Petchey Academy. This includes a comprehensive programme of lunchtime and after school clubs (from beekeeping to signing to football). Regular communication with parents about the curriculum and academy events.

All mainstream teachers have training in deaf awareness and curriculum delivery skills.



Our auditory oral provision

In class / Curriculum:
  • Pre and post-teaching with Teacher of the Deaf

  • Personalised timetables either fully integrated into mainstream with specialist support or mixed intervention and mainstream.

  • Dedicated PSHE group, direct teaching of social skills (SALT)

Social times:
  • Quiet room for lunch available

  • Library for silent reading

  • Football on the Astro turf

  • Lunch clubs

  • Outside activities

Before and after-school:
  • Homework support available at break time, lunchtime and after school

  • Access to TODs

Parent communication:
  • Mainstream seminar tutor

  • TODs (direct line and email provided)

  • Parent portal / Show My Home Work

  • Soundfield system in lessons and assembly

  • Acoustically treated classrooms

  • Personal FM system

  • Monitored on a daily basis, minor repairs on site

  • Access to the Hackney Ark

  • 2 TODs

  • Specialist LSAs

  • Specialist SALT (Individual assessments and specialist groups)

  • Intervenors

  • Deaf Instructor (Hackney Learning Trust)

  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired/ Multi-Sensory Impairment (Hackney Learning Trust)

  • Specialists as required (Physiotherapy, Occupational Health, Audiologist, School Nurse)

Guide For Parents: Keeping Equipment Safe At The Academy


DSB Newsletter

For More information please contact Jeanette Alexis: or 0207 2751579