Children from across the city who are severely or profoundly deaf can now get support from a new state-of-the-art facility at Moor Allerton Hall Primary School.
The new provision on Lidgett Lane in Moortown officially opened this week and can accommodate up to 14 pupils.
It includes a purpose-built classroom that is acoustically treated to enhance the hearing environment, as well as a ‘quiet space’ to help children focus.
It is the only primary school resourced provision for hearing impaired children in Leeds and was developed through a partnership between Moor Allerton Hall Primary School and Leeds City Council.
Lesley McKay, head teacher at the school, said: “We are very proud that we were chosen to welcome the city’s provision for children who are profoundly deaf or hearing impaired.
“It is lovely to see the enthusiasm across the school community from both staff and children, to be part of this by learning and using some sign language.”
Most deaf and hearing impaired children can attend mainstream schools with support from the council’s sensory service. However a small number of severely and profoundly deaf children, particularly those who use sign language, require more intensive support on a daily basis.
The new provision provides specialist support and teaching on site in a mainstream school setting.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families said: “This is a marvellous and much-needed provision which gives deaf and hearing impaired children access to specialist support to help them reach their full potential.
“The purpose-built extension gives the children a space dedicated to meet their specific needs whilst being based in a mainstream school so they have the chance to mix and make friends with their hearing peers.”