Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 22.35.14Centre for the Deaf


Teacher of the Deaf: Sarah McGill

CSW: Chris Shirley

CSW: Simone King

CSW: Mandy Hines


Click here to see some pictures of how to sign some high frequency words.

About us

The Centre for the Deaf (CfD) is our specialist provision offering places to children with a significant hearing loss, who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). We are unique, as we are the only mainstream primary school in Lewisham that offers a ‘Total Communication Approach for our Deaf children.’ This entails using a range of communication methods, dependant on each individual child’s chosen mode of communication, their needs and abilities. This includes the use of voice, British Sign Language, Sign Supported English, lip pattern/reading and gesture; reinforced through visual resources, body language and facial expression, all of which help to secure each child’s understanding and promote independent learning.

Our aim is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential academically, socially and emotionally, in a safe and nurturing environment and be able to communicate effectively and confidently.

All children are fully included into their mainstream classes and activities, with soundfield systems fitted across the school. Children have access to the full curriculum, which is differentiated to meet their individual needs where required.

The CfD provision consists of four dedicated working environments, which are accoustically treated to ensure the best possible listening opportunity for the Deaf children, when completing one to one or small group work. All rooms contain visual, tactile displays to underpin learning, knowledge and understanding of the world around us.

We have a full time qualified teacher of the Deaf and highly experienced Communication Support workers who are all qualified in British Sign Language to level 2 or above.

We are passionate about our school mission statement – ‘All different, All equal, All smiling’ which we feel encapsulates the ethos of our school.

Below are some websites you may find useful;

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) –

Spread the sign – an online dictionary of sign language

Lewisham Specialist Provision-–hea

Contacting the School

Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Fri 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 6:00pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email


Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Claire Huckle – Admin Assistant