At the Deaf Academy we are focused on supporting our young people to become the best they can be, dreaming big and working hard to achieve their goals and overcoming challenges with determination and pride in their identity.
One student who has been striving for excellence ever since she joined the Deaf Academy is 16-year-old College student Molly, a budding actress with a real passion for drama studies.
Molly joined the Deaf Academy as a residential school student in 2015. She had previously attended a mainstream school where she hadn’t yet discovered her talent for acting. The Deaf Academy helped her develop her confidence and she realised she had a passion for performing on stage.
Drama is an important subject here at the Deaf Academy, and ties in closely with studying English. At the Deaf Academy most of our students use British Sign Language (BSL) as their first language, and our learning environment is bilingual with students learning in both BSL and English. Our aim is to give our students the means to communicate and to make their feelings, opinions and needs understood, whilst thriving in a community where they can also understand and feel included.
The project strives to raise expectations of what Deaf children and young people can achieve within dance, drama and music. Molly was selected out of contestants from across the country by highly acclaimed arts industry Deaf professionals.
Her prize was to take part in a masterclass with co-founder and Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre Paula Garfield, and professional Deaf actor and BSL Zone regular William Grint.
Molly is the Chair of the Deaf Academy Student Council, and sits as a member of the NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB).
She was chosen from a group of 60 young people to join the board, which is made up of 16 deaf young people aged between 13-17 from across the UK.
Having achieved her Drama GCSE at school, alongside core subjects, Molly has now moved up to college.
She will work towards her Level 1 Drama qualification at local Exeter College, as well as continuing to study English, Maths and BSL at the Deaf Academy, alongside independent living skills.