Our Charity

The Deaf Academy is a unique place where Deaf children and young people aged 5-25 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 9-5 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.


Our Charity’s objectives

The Charity’s objectives, which were revised with the permission of the Charity Commission in 2008, are as follows:

  • to provide education, training, care, accommodation, leisure opportunities, welfare and other support services to deaf people and people who are not deaf but who, due to some other disability, would benefit from the same (principally though not exclusively from the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset) with the object of developing their personal, mental, physical and spiritual capacities so that they may realise their full potential as individuals and members of their communities and society as a whole and so that their condition of life may be improved; and

•   to educate the general public in the needs and capabilities of deaf people with a view to achieving greater integration between deaf and hearing communities