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Jordanstown Schools for Children with
Auditory Or Visual Handicaps

85 Jordanstown Road, BT37 0QE, UK Newtownabbey
Tel. 02890 863541

About Jordanstown Schools

Jordanstown Schools provide a specialist education for children with an auditory and/or visual impairment aged from 4-19 years of age. We are a co-educational and non- denominational school. The pupils, who have a wide range of abilities, come from across Northern Ireland and from other parts of Ireland.

School Photo The Schools are situated on a spacious, attractive site covering some 24 acres approximately eight miles north of Belfast. Our proximity to major roads means that most of the pupils can attend on a daily basis. The others board on a weekly basis for four or five nights.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, suited to the needs of all pupils. This means that for those who can undertake public examinations the emphasis is placed on academic achievement. For the less academically able we design a curriculum to meet individual needs and to promote the development of basic skills.

Auditory Impaired Pupils

In order to promote the maximum acquisition of language and allow auditory impaired pupils to gain confidence in their communication skills, the teaching approach used is Total Communication. This combines the use of hearing aids speech, gesture lip- reading, finger spelling and Signed English. This means that our pupils develop their language by using signs to follow the normal word order and grammar of English.

Visually Impaired Pupils

Teaching materials for the pupils with visual impairments are produced in enlarged print, Braille tactile and taped format, depending on the pupil's needs. Pupils who are partially sighted use closed circuit televisions and TV readers to magnify print. Those who use Braille, are introduced to Braille -N Speak note takers in the secondary department.

All our teachers, classroom assistants and residential staff are trained and experienced in working with pupils who have a sensory impairment. In addition, all permanent teachers hold a specialist qualification in teaching children with either auditory or visual impairments Several have obtained both qualifications. Members of staff working with the pupils who have an auditory impairment hold sign language qualifications.

The schools are also responsible for the development and provision of two specialist outreach services for the sensory impaired - The Visually Impaired Advisory Service and The Sensory Impaired Learning Support Service.

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Jordanstown Schools History

Originally known as Jordanstown schools for the DEAF and BLIND has a long and interesting history dating back to 1836 when the first school for the deaf and blind children was built in Belfast. Old School Photos Pic

The committee responsible for that school is now, over 160 years later, the same organisation which is responsible for the schools' buildings and grounds at Jordanstown.

The school for deaf and blind pupils has changed its location three times over the years. It moved from College Street to the Lisburn Road in Belfast in 1845 (a site now occupied by the Medical Department of Queen's University) and then to the present spacious site at Jordanstown in 1961.

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