Our Charity

The Deaf Academy is a unique place where Deaf children and young people aged five-25 are inspired to believe in themselves and journey towards successful independent lives. Founded in 1826, the Academy has grown into a specialist organisation with a national reputation for enabling vulnerable and isolated Deaf young people to excel.

Without support, Deaf children struggle to learn language. Our students often come to us with very limited vocabulary, which can lead to communication and behavioural challenges. Deaf children are less than half as likely to achieve A-C GCSE grades as hearing children of the same ability. The language barriers faced by Deaf children can leave them feeling incredibly isolated and at risk of developing mental health issues. Deaf children are almost twice as likely to experience a social or emotional condition as their hearing peers.

Our goal is to change this. We welcome children from across the UK, all of whom are Deaf, and many of whom may have additional complex needs. We have a strong reputation for engaging students who have struggled elsewhere in education.

We are a non-maintained special school, and as such we are not maintained by the local authority. We are a registered charity (charity number 1124523), and much of our work relies on donations. Visit our Support Us pages to find out more.