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Hearing Resource Centre



The Hearing Resource Centre is a unique secondary resource for hearing-impaired students in Oldham. The centre caters for students with a range of hearing losses who require support to access the curriculum. Teachers of the deaf and educational communicators support the students both in class and in the centre.

We have a student centred approach to communication using English, Sign-Supported English or British Sign Language. The Hearing Resource Centre at Hathershaw enables students to reach their potential.

For further information, please visit the HRC Local Offer.


"Pupils in the hearing resource centre make good progress because of the high quality support that they receive."

- Ofsted 2016  

“The Hearing Resource Centre is a strength of the academy, making a strong contribution to the lives and achievement of the students that it supports. Some have gone on to gain pre-GCSE, GCSE and Advanced-level qualifications and take up university places.”  

- Ofsted 2014 

"High-quality support ensures that hearing-impaired students are fully integrated into lessons; these students appreciate greatly the help they receive in developing their communication skills."

- Ofsted 2010  


Our Provision Includes

  • Full time specialist trained staff who are experienced in working with children with a hearing impairment (includes two qualified Teachers of the Deaf who are permanently on-site).
  • Immediate response to faults on cochlear implant processors, hearing aids and radio aids as specialist audiological support is available on site.
  • A student centred approach to communication using English, Signed Supported English or BSL.
  • All individual work e.g. speech and language sessions, pre and post tutorial sessions carried out in an acoustically treated centre.
  • Full support across the curriculum from an Educational Communicator including pastoral care.
  • Pre and post tutorial sessions provided in the centre by the Educational Communicator who has consistency of support.
  • Teaching in the centre provided by teachers of the deaf.
  • Supportive school staff that are able to deliver deaf friendly teaching.
  • Good acoustic conditions across the school.
  • The support of a deaf peer group.
  • A form group who are provided with sessions on deaf awareness and have opportunities to learn signing in form period.
  • Access to PCs and laptops in the centre. Hearing-impaired students have i-Pads for mainstream lessons. Hathershaw has a high level of ICT support across the curriculum.
  • Well-established home/school liaison with the support of a bilingual Home/School Liaison Officer experienced in working with hearing impaired students and their parents.
  • The Home School Liaison Officer also runs a support group for our parents and parents of primary pupils. The group meets at Greenhill School every Tuesday 1.30 – 2.30 and includes a sign language course which leads to a qualification (Open College of Sign Language Level 1). 
  • Open College of Sign Language Courses Levels 1-3 for school staff and outside agencies delivered by Centre staff.
  • A range of extra-curricular activities in addition to those provided by school include: Outdoor Education; Music and the Deaf; Yorkshire Sign Film Festival; Oldham Ability Counts Football etc.



Comments from Students Past & Present

"I have lots of deaf friends. There were only a few deaf children at my primary school."

Nahin Rahman – Year 7


"I love the school because the Hearing Resource staff help me to learn."

Joshua Wild – Year 9


"I love Hathershaw because I have lots of support to help me understand. I am a School Ambassador because I love helping students."

Aisha Akhtar – Year 11


"Hearing Resource staff have helped me to become very confident. The staff have good qualifications which means I get excellent support. I already have GCSE Science (B) and ICT (C) and I will do well in my other GCSEs at the end of Year 11."

Shohan Rahman – Year 11


"I am predicted to get 10 A*- C. I didn't think I'd get English  and Maths GCSE a year early, but with support and 1-1 tuition I achieved a 'B' for Maths and a 'C' for English. The staff have helped me to improve my confidence."

Tasnia Ali - Ex-student studying Disability Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University


"The staff are friendly and approachable. They helped me to achieve higher examination results."

Maria Gill - Ex-student studying Interior Design at Huddersfield University


Contact Details


The Hathershaw College
Bellfield Avenue

Contact Name: Mrs C Burnett
Telephone: 0161 770 8560

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