Sharples School has been the base for the Hearing Impaired Unit for over 30 years. In 2016 the Hearing Impaired Unit became Thomasson Memorial Secondary Provision. This meant that all the pupils became part of Thomasson Memorial School (where many of them had transferred from at age 11) and were no longer classed as Sharples pupils. Originally the HIU provided a base for pupils who integrated into mainstream education for all subjects with the exception of modern foreign languages. Today TMS@Sharples provides a much greater choice of integration for a wider population of pupils.
Individual levels of deafness vary from mild to profound. Several pupils have cochlear implants. Some pupils have additional physical or learning needs. Each child is assessed and individual learning programmes are planned and regularly reviewed to ensure that every pupil is provided with the best possible level of integration and support within the mainstream school. When children are unable to access the language content of mainstream lessons they are withdrawn in groups and taught in the Base.
Our aim is to provide a flexible learning experience, matching courses of study and teaching methods to individual learning needs, within an inclusive educational setting. Thomasson Secondary Provision provides a caring, secure and supportive environment in which all children are respected and encouraged to reach their full potential alongside their hearing peers.
Aims of Thomasson Secondary Provision:
- Give each pupil the opportunity to develop their true potential and function to the best of their ability
- Encourage the development of a responsible, well-adjusted person who is able to take their individual place in society
- Ensure that all pupils’ achieve their academic potential
- Provide a stimulating, happy and caring environment, which encourages a positive attitude to work, self-discipline and respect for others
We employ the following strategies to fulfill these aims:
- Teaching approaches using a spectrum of language to meet the pupils needs
- A policy of equal opportunities for all pupils
- The encouragement of liaison with parents
- Encouragement of integration with mainstream pupils
- Regular audiological assessment
- Liaison with other professionals