Each year we officially support a different local charity helping raise awareness, fundraising and supporting with events and promotion in the centre.
Please see below details on the nominated charity for 2016.
Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
Exeter Deaf Academy is a charity that runs a School and College providing specialist education and care tailored to the individual needs of Deaf young people aged 4 – 24 years. The sense of belonging to an inspiring bilingual community transforms students as they develop language skills and journey towards independence and fulfilling their potential.
About Exeter Deaf Academy
- We are a fully bilingual environment, providing education and care in both English and British Sign Language (BSL)
- Founded in Exeter in 1826
- In our most recent Ofsteds we received ‘Good’ grades for School, College and Residential Care
- Our students come from throughout the UK; currently 38% of our students are from Devon
- We have 85 pupils, aged 4 to 24 years old, 60% of which are residential
- Approximately 85% of our students have additional needs alongside their deafness
Regionally the Deaf Academy is the only specialist day and residential Deaf education provide in the South West. On a national level, our specialisms mean that many students travel to access the support they need.
As a charity, Exeter Deaf Academy is not funded in the same way as state school and therefore requires fundraising support. Supporters make a critical difference. Donations and fundraising enable the Deaf Academy to provide much greater support, specialist sensory equipment, a wheelchair accessible minibus, audiology equipment, Family Sign Language weekends and much more.
Our future: A New Deaf Academy
Exeter Deaf Academy is about to embark on an exciting new £23m New Build project. With no local or national government funding available for capital projects, we are reliant on the support of the Exeter, Devon and South West community at an unprecedented level to help raise around £4 million towards building a new Deaf Academy.
Our dedicated staff do an amazing job supporting Deaf young people. However, our facilities are no longer designed to meet the needs of our students. Our New Academy will:
- Be designed with Deaf students for Deaf students
- Provide a bespoke and truly inspiring visual learning and living environment
- Open doors to the wider community and enable Deaf and hearing people to come together through our shared ‘High Street’ including a hair salon, café, lecture theatre and sports facilities which will provide work experience opportunities for our students
- Act as a hub for other agencies to facilitate Deaf Services
- Help to secure the future of specialist Deaf education regionally and nationallyTo learn more about this innovative project, watch our short film ‘Sense of Space’
This shows what happened when some of our students got together with the architects to explore the plans for our new Academy.
For more information about Exeter Deaf Academy visit www.ExeterDeafAcademy.ac.uk