Here at the Deaf Academy, young people from across the country – all of whom have a level of deafness – come together to learn, develop and grow in an environment rich in British Sign Language.
19-year-old Deaf Academy student Connor joined the Academy’s college as a residential student in 2016.
Instilling a sense of confidence, awareness and pride in Deaf identity is key to life here at the Academy. Deaf culture is explored and endorsed, and Deaf role models are celebrated. Our students are given a clear vision of what their future could be, and how they can go about achieving their goals.
As a residential student at the Deaf Academy, Connor studied Health and Social Care at nearby Exeter College. Our residential students take part in activities and trips outside of education hours, becoming more independent as they grow and move through from school to college.
For Connor, the support he received from our both our teaching and care staff has been invaluable in helping him to decide his future.
Our Specialist Senior Student Care Officer Darren McKeown supported Connor with his interview at the University of Chester.
Connor started his degree at the University of Chester in September 2018, and while he will be missed at the Deaf Academy we are incredibly proud of him for his fantastic achievement.