Proposal to close the Hearing Impaired Centre at the Bishop David Brown School

Closed 10 Mar 2015

Opened 26 Jan 2015

Feedback updated 1 Nov 2017

We asked

For your views on the proposal to close the Hearing Impaired Centre at the Bishop David Brown School

You said

A total of 10 responses were received during the consultation. There were 4 responses from parents, potential parents or families of children with a hearing impairment, 5 from other responders and 1 from a member of staff at the school. Of the 10 responses, 3 agreed with the proposal to close the specialist centre, 2 disagreed with the proposal to close the specialist centre and 5 did not know or offer a position. A number of comments raised concern about suitable alternatives for children with Hearing Impairments and the impact of the closure on parental preference. Concern was also expressed about access to specialist services being cut. The redeployment of funding was raised and some responders wanted to understand what alternatives would be available.

We did

A paper detailing the proposal and consultation outcomes, along with an Equalities Impact Assessment, will be presented to the Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning on 9 April 2015 for a final decision.

Results updated 1 Nov 2017

Following the consultation period from 26 January to 10 March 2015, a formal proposal to close the specialist hearing impaired unit at Bishop David Brown School was made to Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning on 9 April 2015. The Cabinet Member has agreed that the centre will close from 31 August 2015. Further information detailing the decision can be found at:


Surrey County Council, in partnership with Bishop David Brown School, is proposing to close the specialist Hearing Impaired Centre at the school with effect from the 31st August 2015.

Demand for specialist Hearing Impaired places in this area of Surrey has decreased and the number of pupils placed at the Centre has been declining over the past 3-4 years.   An analysis of younger aged pupils with Hearing Impairment indicates no future demand for places at the Centre in the foreseeable future.

Why your views matter

We are now undertaking a consultation on these proposals for the Hearing Impaired Centre at the Bishop David Brown School. The Related Documents below contain the detailed proposal. Please let us know what you think about the proposals

- either by completing the Online Survey

- or by using the response form in the Related Documents below.

The deadline for returning/submitting consultation responses is 12 noon on 10th March 2015.

We will be holding a public consultation meeting on 2nd February 2015 at 4pm at Bishop David Brown School.  Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and there is no need to pre-register your attendance


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