Welcome to the Deaf Support Department


The Deaf Support Department (DSD) is a specialist unit (SERF) within Ashton CSC. The unit provides resources and the support necessary to facilitate the inclusion of profoundly and severely D/deaf students into a mainstream secondary school environment.  The unit was set up in 1990 to serve the whole of Lancashire. Currently and in the past, we have had students travel to us from all areas of Lancashire, including Lancaster, Nelson and Lytham. We also have students travel from the Blackburn & Darwen and Wigan authority.  Our D/deaf students are members of mainstream forms, have the same uniform and disciplinary code as the mainstream students and are encouraged to enter fully into the life of the school, alongside the support, interventions and provision provided by the unit.

The department is based in the Hive building and has two dedicated DSD classrooms. However, the members of staff within the Deaf Support Department also support students in their mainstream lessons. Staff ensure that lessons are delivered at a level commensurate with each student's linguistic abilities, so that they are able to understand lesson content and undertake set tasks, adapted as required. In many cases, lessons are signed using Sign-Supported English and BSL, combined with oral and written methods, alongside full use of students' residual hearing.  This 'Total Communication' approach ensures that every child has the fullest possible access to the mainstream curriculum.

We have strong links with our feeder primary school, Royal Cross. Many students transition from Royal Cross to Ashton. However, we strive to make transition as comfortable for both students and their families, whichever school they have attended. Positive relationships are at the root of all that we do.

We strive to provide a caring, secure and supportive environment where students with hearing difficulties can develop as individuals, academically, socially and emotionally, within school and beyond.

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