Oak Lodge is a Wandsworth maintained residential secondary special school for deaf children aged between 11 and 19 years. Our vision is for our pupils to progress and achieve and to lead healthy and happy lives. We have a highly qualified staffing team on-site which include Teachers of the Deaf, Speech and Language Therapists and Teaching Assistants all of whom are experienced in working with deaf and hearing –impaired children including those with additional needs. Oak Lodge School follows a child-centred multi-modal language and communication approach which incorporates British Sign Language, English and Signed Supported English based on the child’s identified strengths and preferred learning style. In September 2010 we will launch our newly designed personalised curriculum aimed at ensuring the needs of all our pupils are met. The curriculum will incorporate personalised learning and thinking skills, functional skills and enrichment and be underpinned by the Emotions/PSHE curriculum to promote the emotional and physical well-being of all. Our pupils will follow individualised accreditation pathways covering a wide-range including GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level and Life Skills within the ASDAN framework. Our Sixth Form supports our students at local colleges to access academic, vocational, practical life skills / skills for working life courses. We also provide further curriculum and life-long learning support within the department. Deaf First is our adult education department and supports deaf adults of any age. Some are studying at local colleges and need communication support for their lectures. Other students attend Basic Skills courses at Deaf First and train for employment. You can read about the school’s rich history here.