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Living on Campus

The fundamental principle of Residential Care at the Academy is to provide a safe and nurturing environment which allows our young people to become independent and develop their Deaf identity.

This begins at the start of a student’s placement and will progress until they leave. The Residential Care team have good signing skills and all have achieved, or are working towards their BSL level 3 and a Level 3 Diploma in Children's and Young people's Workforce.

The Academy has a great Deaf Community with evening/weekend social activities helping to develop sign language and communication skills. With the support of experienced Residential Care Team, our residential young people participate in an independent living skills programme that prepares them to live independently in the future. Young people with input where appropriate, work towards realistic individual goals; from tying their shoelaces to budgeting their finances.









Exeter is a small and attractive city, and the Deaf Academy is well known within it and valued by its residents. It is therefore an excellent environment for Deaf young people to develop their independence as well as excel educationally. There is a great shopping centre with lots of cafes and independent shops, a museum, several theatres, art galleries and cinemas, plus a stunning Cathedral and Quayside and much more on our doorstep! 

The Academy is set in twelve acres of grounds overlooking the River Exe and is ten minutes’ walk from the city centre and only a few miles from sea and open countryside. The Academy is ten minutes' drive from the M5, half an hour’s walk from Exeter St David’s train station and fifteen minutes' drive from Exeter airport. For maps and directions, please visit the Contact Us section.