We believe that it is essential for deaf children to learn a range of communication and life skills so that they can become confident adults who make a valuable contribution to society and achieve economic independence. Our work towards these aims begins with our primary aged children. From Year 1 onwards we work very closely with our neighbouring school, Westbury-on-Trym C of E Primary School to provide regular, supported inclusion for all of our primary school children as outlined below:
All of our children are included with an age appropriate class at Westbury-on-Trym C of E Primary School once a week for PE
Some Elmfield School children are included in Westbury-on-Trym classes for other subject areas
Some children from Westbury-on-Trym school come to us for weekly reverse inclusion work
Year 6 children from both schools go on camp together annually
We regularly go on school educational visits together
We take part in each other’s sports days
Our inclusion work is enjoyed by all the children and has proved to be mutually beneficial for both deaf and hearing participants. Ofsted identified that Westbury-on-Trym C of E Primary School is
… developing as an increasingly important partner providing inclusion and curriculum enhancement.
OFSTED, May 2010
Our Primary School has established close links with Westbury-On-Trym C of E Primary School, and regular visits between sites take place.