• "I know that if I hadn’t come here for an education then my social and academic life wouldn’t be as good as it is now."
    "I know that if I hadn’t come here for an education then my social and academic life wouldn’t be as good as it is now."
    Students in the Sixth Form benefit from a rich choice of study programmes well tailored to their needs and aspirations.  (Ofsted 2016)
    Students in the Sixth Form benefit from a rich choice of study programmes well tailored to their needs and aspirations. (Ofsted 2016)
    "I enjoy 6th form a lot, it’s the best part of being at Mary Hare as you are given a tremendous amount of independence."
    "I enjoy 6th form a lot, it’s the best part of being at Mary Hare as you are given a tremendous amount of independence."
  • Pupils exhibit a strong desire to communicate both in question and answer session. (Ofsted 2016)
    Pupils exhibit a strong desire to communicate both in question and answer session. (Ofsted 2016)
    "I have found that being at Mary Hare School has improved my confidence. I have lots of new friends and I am now very happy and really enjoy school life."
    "I have found that being at Mary Hare School has improved my confidence. I have lots of new friends and I am now very happy and really enjoy school life."
    "I am so happy at Mary Hare. I have made so many friends and am working very hard in my classes."
    "I am so happy at Mary Hare. I have made so many friends and am working very hard in my classes."
  • Children and young people live in a safe environment where their social and emotional needs are met. (Ofsted July 2016)
    Children and young people live in a safe environment where their social and emotional needs are met. (Ofsted July 2016)
    "...we also find it a great help that all of his audiology needs are looked after and monitored on a regular basis..."
    "...we also find it a great help that all of his audiology needs are looked after and monitored on a regular basis..."
    Children enjoy a full range of meaningful and stimulating activities...they can never get bored. (Ofsted Care 2016)
    Children enjoy a full range of meaningful and stimulating activities...they can never get bored. (Ofsted Care 2016)
  • "All the staff are really kind and helpful and I feel like I can really trust them."
    "All the staff are really kind and helpful and I feel like I can really trust them."
    Across the entire school, pupils present as ready and eager to learn.  Their enthusiasm is infectious. (Ofsted 2016)
    Across the entire school, pupils present as ready and eager to learn. Their enthusiasm is infectious. (Ofsted 2016)
    Pupils present as confident and self aware.  They enjoy their school and are proud to belong here.  (Ofsted 2016)
    Pupils present as confident and self aware. They enjoy their school and are proud to belong here. (Ofsted 2016)
  • Since leaving Mary Hare, Oliver has travelled around New Zealand and completed his MSc in Environmental Management
    Since leaving Mary Hare, Oliver has travelled around New Zealand and completed his MSc in Environmental Management
    "Without Mary Hare I wouldn't be where I am today - being a Global Research Manager no two days are the same"
    "Without Mary Hare I wouldn't be where I am today - being a Global Research Manager no two days are the same"
    "I will be forever grateful to my Art teachers at Mary Hare who helped me realise my passion for stone carving. Almost a decade later I am running a successful stone art business."
    "I will be forever grateful to my Art teachers at Mary Hare who helped me realise my passion for stone carving. Almost a decade later I am running a successful stone art business."
  • "It is a wonderful school where the staff truly care about and are interested in the children in their care and will give any child the best chance to achieve their potential."
    "It is a wonderful school where the staff truly care about and are interested in the children in their care and will give any child the best chance to achieve their potential."
    Children and young people enjoy being in residential provision. They grow in self-esteem, communication and social skills. Ofsted 2016
    Children and young people enjoy being in residential provision. They grow in self-esteem, communication and social skills. Ofsted 2016
    For some pupils whose prior experience of mainstream schooling has not been positive, Mary Hare School is the first school in which they feel safe and develop a sense of pride and belonging. Ofsted 2016
    For some pupils whose prior experience of mainstream schooling has not been positive, Mary Hare School is the first school in which they feel safe and develop a sense of pride and belonging. Ofsted 2016
  •  "The MSc (Educational Audiology) is both stimulating and challenging and the teaching input is excellent."
    "The MSc (Educational Audiology) is both stimulating and challenging and the teaching input is excellent."
    "The teaching and pastoral care was exemplary and the students enjoyed this refreshing learning experience and environment."
    "The teaching and pastoral care was exemplary and the students enjoyed this refreshing learning experience and environment."
    "A really informative course, good pace, lovely practical sessions."
    "A really informative course, good pace, lovely practical sessions."
 

Additional Help

Audiology

Great emphasis is placed on utilising the residual hearing that you have so it is important that we have effective systems for making sure your equipment is working properly.

Mary Hare has an Audiology Department equipped with modern audiometric facilities enabling resident audiologists, in liaison with Royal Berkshire Hospital staff, to monitor pupils' hearing capacities. Earmould impressions are taken in school preventing the need for time-wasting clinic journeys. Our Audiologists work with Cochlear Implant teams around the UK to support the needs of the students who have cochlear implants.

Speech and language therapy

The school has a team of full-time and part-time Speech and Language Therapists who provide both individual and group opportunities for pupils to improve their spoken language, communication and listening skills.

Teaching programmes take into account the results of the work of the Speech and Language Therapists together with any advice which they are able to offer teaching staff, and language support work is carried out co-operatively between them. Pupils do not normally miss lessons to attend Speech and Language Therapy. 6th formers are usually seen in a Study Period. Work is undertaken on an individual basis, usually in one 40-minute session per week although more can be arranged if required. Additional help can also be given with basic written English Grammar.

A high level of commitment is required, in that pupils will be expected to use what they learn in order to make a lasting improvement.

In the past, pupils have worked on such areas as:

  • Further development of listening skills;
  • Improvement of voice pitch, rhythm, fluency, intonation;
  • Specific speech sounds which cause difficulty;
  • Communication tactics (e.g. learning how to monitor situations in order to adjust voice loudness, dealing with situations where easy communication has broken down - Students find practising for interviews particularly helpful).
  • Vocabulary and language work related to specific subjects being studied 
 
 

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