Launch Pad

The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad (Bevendean HSF) has been home to Brighton and Hove’s specialist facility for children with hearing impairments for many years. Children from right across the city and beyond have been welcomed into The Launch Pad and the wider Bevendean Primary community.

The Launch Pad currently supports eleven deaf or hearing impaired youngsters from Reception through to Year Six. We have a fine team of two Teachers of the Deaf and five Teaching Assistants with many years of experience educating hearing impaired youngsters between us. The Launch Pad also has regular visits from a specialist team of audiologists, speech therapists and BSL signing experts. Ali Davis is the Lead Teacher of the Deaf.

Located in the heart of Bevendean Primary School, The Launch Pad has three bright and cheery rooms which are acoustically treated to provide optimum listening conditions to help our pupils. We have two fully equipped small classrooms and can offer small group, partner or one-to-one sessions throughout the school day. In addition, staff also support learning in mainstream classrooms depending on a child’s individual needs. Launch Pad staff will use a mixture of spoken English and Sign-Supported English depending on the individual needs of the child. The whole school environment is continually reviewed to ensure it supports positive listening and learning for deaf and hearing impaired pupils. Visual aids, radio aids and soundfields are used in the great majority of mainstream sessions and assemblies involving our pupils.