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Mary Hare Primary School Appeal

Thomas joined Mary Hare Primary School in September 2016. He came to us because the specialist unit where he had been educated was closing down. So Thomas went to the local mainstream school but it quickly became obvious that this was not the right place to meet his needs. 

“When we visited Mary Hare Primary school we were overwhelmed by the inclusion of every child. The beaming smile on Thomas’ face was priceless and at the end of the day he didn’t want to leave.”

Mary Hare Primary School has given many young deaf children like Thomas the start they need to develop their understanding and use of written and spoken English and access the national curriculum. Our Primary school also helps the children to deal with the social and emotional difficulties they may face because of their deafness.  The school has a family atmosphere which enables the children to flourish. We want to create a new school which takes the best of the old school and inspires the young people to achieve even more.

 

What difference will it make?

What will we achieve?The benefits to our young deaf pupils will be considerable:an optimised acoustic teaching and learning environment using latest building technologies which will allow our pupils to make even greater progress, both academically and socially;comfortable, accessible and welcoming residential accommodation which allows parents and pupils to overcome the understandable anxiety that they may feel about boarding at such a young age;a better working environment for teaching and care staff;the ability for Secondary and Primary staff to share expertise and good working practices.a marked decrease in the cost of heating, cleaning and maintaining the new buildings/grounds;cost and time savings from no longer having to transport the Primary pupils across Newbury to access facilities on the Secondary Site, allowing staff to focus on the teaching or care of pupils;greater collaboration between members of staff across the Primary and Secondary schools. What will be harder to measure is the number of people who have been helped indirectly by the new School.  Obviously, the parents of a deaf child are indirect beneficiaries – especially if their son or daughter is struggling.  Brothers and sisters of a deaf sibling may also benefit as parents tend to pay more attention to the child with special needs in the family, especially if there are difficulties with their education.To view or download our Appeal brochure please click on the link below:Appeal brochure

What will we achieve?

The benefits to our young deaf pupils will be considerable:

  • an optimised acoustic teaching and learning environment using latest building technologies which will allow our pupils to make even greater progress, both academically and socially;
  • comfortable, accessible and welcoming residential accommodation which allows parents and pupils to overcome the understandable anxiety that they may feel about boarding at such a young age;
  • a better working environment for teaching and care staff;
  • the ability for Secondary and Primary staff to share expertise and good working practices.
  • a marked decrease in the cost of heating, cleaning and maintaining the new buildings/grounds;
  • cost and time savings from no longer having to transport the Primary pupils across Newbury to access facilities on the Secondary Site, allowing staff to focus on the teaching or care of pupils;
  • greater collaboration between members of staff across the Primary and Secondary schools.
     

What will be harder to measure is the number of people who have been helped indirectly by the new School.  Obviously, the parents of a deaf child are indirect beneficiaries – especially if their son or daughter is struggling.  Brothers and sisters of a deaf sibling may also benefit as parents tend to pay more attention to the child with special needs in the family, especially if there are difficulties with their education.

To view or download our Appeal brochure please click on the link below:

Appeal brochure

What will it look like?

                          

             

 

           

Why do we need a new school?

Mary Hare is building a new Primary School to give deaf children the modern learning environment they deserveIn 1996, Mary Hare School transferred Mill Hall Primary School for Deaf children from its site in Sussex to its current location in Pigeons Farm Road to the south of Newbury.  This was to save this important resource for young deaf children from closure.  Mill Hall School taught deaf children using the same approach as Mary Hare School, through written and spoken English.When it moved to Newbury the Primary School had 9 pupils.  Now it averages 30 pupils and is one of the biggest Primary Schools for deaf children in the UK.The impact of specialist support in the Primary years is pivotal so our appeal will fund the cost of building a new Primary School and boarding house on its own separate site within the main Mary Hare campus to the north of Newbury where we can do even more to improve outcomes for our pupils.Whilst Mary Hare Primary School is housed in a wonderful Grade 2* listed building that offers classrooms, accommodation and the most beautiful grounds for the deaf children being educated, it has its draw-backs: It is big, old and requires a great deal of costly upkeep. It costs a lot to heat and in summer the bedrooms are too hot.Its layout is not one that we would choose for a modern, bright Primary School and lacks light in some areas (which is necessary for children to lipread easily).The building is a Grade 2* listed property which means it is very difficult to make it accessible for children with accessibility problems and to change it to improve it for current pupils.It is several miles from the Secondary School to the north of Newbury so that staff who work across both sites waste time travelling when they should be teaching or supporting the pupils in other ways.We want to encourage greater collaboration between staff at the Primary and Secondary Schools which is not easy due to the distance.It does not have some of the facilities that we would want for our young people, including audiology facilities and areas for speech and language therapy.As we work to increase the numbers of children at the school, we cannot accommodate more than 32 in the current building.We have therefore decided that we want to build a new, purpose-built Primary School, offering the very best facilities for the children attending, on the site of the Secondary School.  The chosen location maintains the necessary physical separation from the Secondary School to ensure a proper progression from Primary to Secondary, whilst making the most of the opportunities to further share professional resources. 

Mary Hare is building a new Primary School to give deaf children the modern learning environment they deserve

In 1996, Mary Hare School transferred Mill Hall Primary School for Deaf children from its site in Sussex to its current location in Pigeons Farm Road to the south of Newbury.  This was to save this important resource for young deaf children from closure.  Mill Hall School taught deaf children using the same approach as Mary Hare School, through written and spoken English.

When it moved to Newbury the Primary School had 9 pupils.  Now it averages 30 pupils and is one of the biggest Primary Schools for deaf children in the UK.

The impact of specialist support in the Primary years is pivotal so our appeal will fund the cost of building a new Primary School and boarding house on its own separate site within the main Mary Hare campus to the north of Newbury where we can do even more to improve outcomes for our pupils.

Whilst Mary Hare Primary School is housed in a wonderful Grade 2* listed building that offers classrooms, accommodation and the most beautiful grounds for the deaf children being educated, it has its draw-backs: 

  • It is big, old and requires a great deal of costly upkeep. 
  • It costs a lot to heat and in summer the bedrooms are too hot.
  • Its layout is not one that we would choose for a modern, bright Primary School and lacks light in some areas (which is necessary for children to lipread easily).
  • The building is a Grade 2* listed property which means it is very difficult to make it accessible for children with accessibility problems and to change it to improve it for current pupils.
  • It is several miles from the Secondary School to the north of Newbury so that staff who work across both sites waste time travelling when they should be teaching or supporting the pupils in other ways.
  • We want to encourage greater collaboration between staff at the Primary and Secondary Schools which is not easy due to the distance.
  • It does not have some of the facilities that we would want for our young people, including audiology facilities and areas for speech and language therapy.
  • As we work to increase the numbers of children at the school, we cannot accommodate more than 32 in the current building.

We have therefore decided that we want to build a new, purpose-built Primary School, offering the very best facilities for the children attending, on the site of the Secondary School.  The chosen location maintains the necessary physical separation from the Secondary School to ensure a proper progression from Primary to Secondary, whilst making the most of the opportunities to further share professional resources.

 

How much have we raised?

Currently the grand total stands at £3,100,000.  We would like to thank everyone who has supported us.  This includes a large number of individuals and organisations – too numerous to name here.  However we would like to thank the following:

The Band Trust
Foyle Foundation
Greenham Trust Ltd
Peter Harrison Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
and many, many more (some of which prefer not to be named).

Our original target was to raise £3 million towards the new school.  We are about to put Mill Hall (the current home of the Primary School) up for sale.  As we do not know exactly what we will realise from the sale, we will continue to raise funds towards the project – up until the building work has been completed. 

With the uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus, we cannot be certain that all the fundraising events we had planned will go ahead this year.  If you would still like to support the appeal you can make an online donation via the Good Exchange where your donation will be doubled by the Greenham Trust.  This is the link to follow to make your donation:  

The Good Exchange

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