Hampshire - Pounds 400k upgrade for hearing-impaired

31st July 2009 at 01:00

Pupils with hearing impairments are to get improved facilities at a secondary school in Winchester.

Hampshire County Council is to spend more than Pounds 400,000 on improving provision at the 915-pupil Henry Beaufort School, a technology and humanities college with a unit for hearing-impaired students.

This provides specialist support to students and allows them to access mainstream education.

The scheme will provide a large group room, three small rooms, a resource office and store and an audiology room for equipment testing.

The extra rooms will replace an ICT suite, which will be moved to another area of the school, and a meeting room. The work is due to start next month and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Councillor David Kirk, executive member for children's services at Hampshire County Council, said: "We are determined to ensure that facilities for deaf and hearing-impaired pupils continue to meet their individual and changing needs as they progress through school.

"This scheme of work will ensure that is the case at this specialist provision at Henry Beaufort school."

The school was rated good by Ofsted at its most recent inspection in 2007, and the inspectors praised the excellent support for students with hearing impairment. HW.

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