Exeter Deaf Academy reveals plans for Exmouth’s Rolle College site

PUBLISHED: 09:45 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 May 2017

Image of the Exeter Deaf Academy proposal for the Rolle College site.

Image of the Exeter Deaf Academy proposal for the Rolle College site.


A public exhibition of Exeter Deaf Academy’s plans for the former Rolle College site is taking place today (May 10).

Map of the Exeter Deaf Academy proposal for the Rolle College site.Map of the Exeter Deaf Academy proposal for the Rolle College site.

It will be at Ocean on Exmouth seafront, between 2pm and 8pm.

The scheme includes a new centrally-located main school building, and new residential accommodation for students.

Many of the existing educational buildings on the site are set to be demolished, though the Owen Building will be retained.

Community theatre access is also proposed.

A formal planning application is expected in July.

In a joint statement, the deaf academy and architects Stride Treglown said: “The former Rolle College had a positive impact on thousands of students and their families, and Exeter Deaf Academy are similarly committed to providing a facility for future generations of students and the local community.

“The new proposed site layout focuses on creating a successful and dynamic education environment for the future students, whilst providing a homely feel to the boarding accommodation working with the unique qualities and constraints of the Rolle campus site.

“The new academy will be designed specifically for young deaf learners.

“Its design, and the education and care within it, will be a global exemplar for the provision of services for deaf young people.

“Being part of a community is at the heart of the proposed vision. The deaf academy will look to make theatre facilities available for local people, allowing others to benefit from the new academy.

“The academy wish their students to become confident, independent young people, actively participating in and contributing to the local community.”

Residents who are unable to attend the exhibition can find out more about the plans online at exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk/newbuild, and have their say at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VSW5FDT.

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