Welcome to the HRB
The Hearing Resource Base
We are proud to have a Hearing Resource Base (HRB) within Woodlands Primary School, and to be a deaf aware school. Pupils with a place in the HRB join an inclusive and welcoming school community as well as a caring and supportive HRB team. By attending Woodlands HRB, pupils have a sense of belonging as part of their year group class and the wider school community; and they feel pride in their deaf identity and belonging amongst their friends in the resource base.
All pupils who attend our resource base have a degree of deafness and have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan. Pupils with a place in the HRB spend the majority of their day with their class teacher in their mainstream classroom. However, they are supported by specialist teaching and support from HRB staff, both in their classroom and in the resource base.
Our dedicated team consists of a Teacher of the Deaf and three HRB support staff, all of whom have had specialised training and experience in supporting deaf children. While pupils with a place in the HRB always have a primary need of hearing loss, we recognise that some pupils also join us with other additional needs. All our staff have training and experience in working with children with a variety of needs. The support we offer will always be personalised to support the individual.
Continuity of provision
Yate Academy, which is situated on the same road as Woodlands Primary School, also has a HRB and the Teacher of the Deaf supports across both schools. A consistency of provision is therefore a possibility for pupils who choose to and are able to continue their education as part of a resource base.